Jobs Ė November
is a busy month in the garden for planting soft fruit bushes and
fruit trees. Most of these are sold as bare-rooted plants and are
despatched from suppliers when the plants are dormant. Plant them
before the ground becomes too hard to dig. All of the hectic summer
cropping in the vegetable garden is now over, but there are still
plenty of veg to harvest.
Vegetable Patch in November
a variety that is suitable for autumn sowing, such as Aquadulce or
The Sutton. Only sow in mild areas and sow more than you are likely
to need, as some may not germinate or survive.
winter cabbage, cauliflower, kale and brussel sprouts
maturing Brussels will be ready after the first frosts. Pick from the
bottom of the stem. Winter cabbage and kale can be picked when
are still several things to be picked during November, including
celeriac, leeks, Jerusalem Artichokes, parsnip, salsify, spinach,
chard, swede, and the last of the squash and pumpkins.
is best sown during late autumn. Sow directly into the soil,
remembering to mark where it is!
runner bean supports
down any canes that you have been using as supports. Clean any soil
off them and store in a dry place, such as a shed, greenhouse or
garage. Looking after your canes means that they will last longer.
collecting dried bean seeds
all beans from your dried out bean pods. Check that they are
completely dry before storing in an airtight container.
all plant debris
away all old vegetable plants that have finished cropping, and add
them to your compost heap.
your vegetable patch
your soil over and leave it roughly dug so that the frosts can break
it down. This improves the texture of the soil and will make it
easier to work next spring.
manure and other organic matter to the soil
manure, leaf mould, or mushroom compost over your vegetable patch
(donít use manure where you will be growing root crops though). The
worms will gradually take it in over the winter.
winter brassicas from pigeons
the weather gets colder, pigeons may start to eat the leaves on
brassicas. Protect your brassicas with netting as they can quickly
destroy your crop.
Fruit Garden in November
seems strange to be thinking of summer fruit just as it turns colder,
but now is the correct time of year to get most fruit plants in the
ground. The plants are dormant and so transplant much better.
fruit trees can be planted now. You donít need to have much space
to have a few fruit trees, and they make a very attractive feature
soft-fruit bushes come bare-rooted and are now ready for planting.
Place them in a fruit cage or in amongst your garden borders.
Redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries and blackberries all produce
plenty of fruit.
is an excellent month for planting strawberry runners ready for a
crop next year. Suppliers are sending them out from this month
onwards. Plant in pots or in a strawberry bed.
canes need to be planted whilst they are dormant and, towards the end
of this month is a good time to plant them. Autumn fruiting varieties
will crop next year, and summer fruiting varieties the year after
old rhubarb crowns
old rhubarb crowns and divide into pieces using a sharp spade. Each
piece should have some growth buds visible. Replant in soil that
contains plenty of organic matter.
worth providing support for tall brassicas such as brussel sprouts.
Strong winds can rock the plants and cause the roots to become loose.
A strong sturdy stake will prevent this happening.
Gardening Jobs in November
will bring lots of early colour to your garden next year by planting
spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, crocus and grape
hyacinths. Plant them in containers or directly into the soil.
tender plants under cover
sure all tender plants that are not frost-hardy have been moved
inside if they are in pots, or have been covered with some kind of
protection, such as straw and horticultural fleece.
up all leaves
any leaves that have fallen from the trees. Either add them to your
compost or make your own leaf mould. Pile the leaves into wire cages
or place in strong bags and leave to break down. Pests, such as
snails and slugs, like nothing better than a safe pile of leaves to
a piece of old carpet or thick cardboard over your compost heap to
stop the rain from leaching all the nutrients away. This will also
help to keep the heat in.
your greenhouse an end of season clean
the greenhouse a good clean both inside and out. This will help
remove any pests and diseases and means it will be in tip top shape
when you come to use it again early next year. Insulate your
greenhouse with bubble wrap if you are going to use it over the
winter. Ventilate on sunny days to prevent mould from building up.
Michael Gourlay Chairman