What's on the November Garden Checklist
Welcome to the November garden, where the world outside is painted in warm autumn hues. Dogwood sets the borders ablaze with its fiery stems, while delicate cyclamen blooms shyly beneath dozing trees. Freshly potted containers hold the promise of winter beauty, and spring bulbs quietly prepare for their grand entrance. Remember, the time you invest in your garden now will reward you in the months to come.
Here's your comprehensive list of November gardening tasks...
Blooms and Blossoms
1. Trim and pamper your perennials.
As perennials retreat, trim their stems just above the ground and give them a cozy mulch blanket for root protection and weed control. Consider dividing and replanting them to multiply your floral delight for next year. Don't forget, dahlias can be lifted and stored for the winter.
2. Plant the promise of spring with tulips.
November marks the perfect time to plant tulip bulbs, whether in the earth, pots, or containers. Choose only the healthiest bulbs, plant them at a depth three times their size, and ensure they enjoy well-draining soil.
3. Invite winter into your garden.
Why wait for spring for a burst of color? Most nurseries are stocked with winter pansies, polyanthus, and primroses. Place them near your windows, along pathways, or by your doorstep for a continuous display of floral beauty. Hanging baskets, window boxes, and patio pots are perfect to showcase these winter wonders.
4. Shop smart for your garden's future.
Bare-root roses, shrubs, and trees are the savvy gardener's choice from November to March. These dormant beauties are more budget-friendly compared to potted counterparts. Before planting, a quick rehydration session in a bucket of water is essential. Choose a spot free of weeds and stones, prepare a generous hole, enrich it with well-rotted organic matter, settle the plant, backfill, firm gently, and water thoroughly. Don't forget a layer of mulch around the base for added protection.
5. Give your vegetable beds some love.
If your veggie plots will remain dormant through winter, tuck them in with a warm blanket of well-rotted organic matter. During the cold months, this organic layer will break down, releasing precious nutrients that will enhance soil fertility and structure.
6. Harvest the winter's flavor.
Parsnips, swedes, and Brussels sprouts taste their best after a good frost. On a chilly day, use a gentle hand fork to lift them from the earth and enjoy their enhanced sweetness.
7. Shield your brassicas with netting.
Those hungry pigeons see your brassicas as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Keep them safe by covering your crops with protective netting.
8. Lend a helping hand to tall plants.
Don't let the winds of November rock your boat. Stake your purple sprouting broccoli and Brussels sprouts to keep them standing tall.
9. Secure your fruit trees with glue bands.
It's the season when pests like the winter moth caterpillar are on the prowl. Protect your fruit trees by wrapping glue bands around their trunks to keep unwelcome visitors at bay.
10. Show love to your berry bushes and currants.
Autumn-fruiting raspberry canes should be pruned down to just above the soil line, and strawberry beds need a tidy-up. Trim away old foliage, remove runners, and clear out weeds. This will ensure proper ventilation and deter pests and diseases.
General Garden TLC
11. Give your trusty tools a little TLC.
After a season of hard work, your garden tools deserve some attention. Clean and sharpen them to keep them in top shape. And don't forget to properly clean, inspect, and drain fuel from your lawn mowers.
12. Refresh your greenhouse.
Make sure your greenhouse is in top condition. Clear out old plants, clean the glass with warm soapy water, and ensure your pots are well-organized. If you plan to leave stone or terracotta pots outside during winter, make sure they rest on clay feet or bricks to avoid frost damage and improve drainage.
13. Welcome wildlife for the winter.
In the spirit of giving, support your local wildlife by replenishing bird feeders and offering a fresh supply of water. You can even create insect hotels by drilling holes in old logs or leave a wild garden corner to provide a haven for creatures seeking refuge during the colder months."
Embrace the beauty and serenity of the November garden and watch as nature unfolds its wonders.