Jobs for November
In the garden:
Cut back herbaceous plants that are not needed for food or habitat, leave ornamental grasses for overwintering, is also beneficial for insects.
Take root cutting of plants – i.e. Japanese anemones, campanula phlox, and oriental poppies.
As it nears bonfire night please check if you have made a wood pile for hedgehogs, frogs and toads as these will all need dry warm places over the cold winter months. A big pile of wood will look very exciting to them.
Now is the time to plant tulip bulbs, later than most bulbs which will help reduce problems with a disease called tulip fire.
When planting use only undamaged mould free bulbs, plant 4 inches deep.
Plants for winter colour – Dogwood, bright red and yellow stems now all the leaves have dropped, also Willow will provide an intense colour while cream and green foliage of the Heartbreak flushes pink from November. Snowberry is another good winter colour with its white berries against the stem.
If you are overwintering your carrots and parsnips then cover with straw until required when the weather starts to get cold.
Now is the time to plant out your rhubarb from now until March. As long as the ground is not frozen as it warm may be a good idea to plant now with your garlic and shallots, this will give them a good start.
This is a good time to plant peas, yes peas! A hardy variety you can sow in the open ground if the weather is dry and warm if not, put 3 seeds in a 3 inch pot and put them in a cold frame to give them a start.
It’s also a great time to think about fruit trees and bushes, soft fruits can now be moved if you are going to move any bushes make sure you water them in well as it’s been very dry of late.
This is a good time of year to dig over parts of your plot that have no veg on it and cover with some manure. Speak to local farms or stables who may have an abundance of it!
It’s not too late to plant out pot raised broad beans if you have a sheltered place for them, or sow directly into the ground and cover from frosts.