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The November Garden

Some November garden advice from Ollie Ryan-Moore
“November is a month of preparation for winter and many jobs are carried out now before strong winter winds, frosts and wet weather set in. Trees are still dropping leaves, so continue collecting them and adding them to the leaf mould pile. Protect tender plants by wrapping them in fleece and/or protect their crowns with straw. Move frost tender plants in pots indoors or into the greenhouse. Cut down shrub roses by 1/3 to reduce the effects of wind rock. November is also a great time to plant bare root roses as they become available. Remember not to let the roots dry out, plant them as soon as possible and avoid planting roses in the same place as they were grown before. Shrubs that are cut back hard in spring such as Cornus alba, Buddleja davidii and Lavertera can also be cut back by half to reduce wind rock in exposed positions. Check tree ties and stakes to make sure they are sturdy, but not cutting into the bark of your trees, replace and loosen where required. As we enter the winter months and deciduous trees and shrubs become dormant you can carry out any winter pruning or renovation work. Avoid walking on frosty grass as this leaves black footprint marks in the lawn when it defrosts.
On The Veggie Patch Now is a great time to dig over your veggie patch before the soil becomes too wet or frozen solid. Turn in plenty of organic matter, such as leaf mould, garden compost or well-rotted manure to improve the structure and fertility of the soil. If you find it too difficult to dig, then spread organic matter over the veggie patch as a mulch and worms will pull it down and do the cultivation for you. Celery, leeks, sprouts, parsnips and cabbages should be ready for harvest. Sow peas, broad beans and plant out onion and garlic sets in prepared ground. As bare root soft fruits become available to buy, this time of year is an excellent time to plant them.” ~ Ollie