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Your garden in NOVEMBER

Your garden in NOVEMBER

YOUR GARDEN IN NOVEMBER

Be sure to get outside on bright days, because gardening can chase away the gloom.

Once the clocks go back, there's no escaping the fact that winter is on its way. The days are shorter and there's a chill in the air. That makes it even more important to get out into the garden whenever the chance arises.

There's an awful lot being written nowadays about the benefits of gardening for mental health and well-being. At this time of year, when there are plenty of gloomy days, it feels wonderful to be outside on the occasions when the sun is shining and it's not too cold. On those days, the late autumn garden is a lovely place to be.

There are fewer routine jobs to be doing. Very late flowering perennials can be cut down if you feel it's necessary, but you might also choose to leave some as they are, to provide a little frost protection and shelter for wildlife.

Although most of your spring bulbs will already be in the ground, you can still plant tulips this month. It's important to get the planting depth right, as shallow planting is one of the main reasons for bulbs not producing flowers. The main rule is to plant three times the bulb's depth and, if in doubt, plant deeper rather than nearer to the surface.

In a well-planned garden, November is the time you really start to appreciate your evergreen plantings. The bright green and glossy foliage of Fatsia japonica is a joy at this time of year and, similarly, Euonymus fortunei, with its attractive variegated foliage, adds welcome brightness to the back of a mixed border or a shady corner.

I particularly like Sarcococca confusa, with its simple evergreen foliage and pretty, white flowers in winter. Plant it near a door or in a spot you pass regularly because those flowers will give out a lovely fragrance during the months ahead. Topiary is also great for adding a certain architectural style to your garden. Evergreen plants clipped into corkscrews and standards are so eye-catching and make perfect specimens which look fabulous all year round.

Take some time to rake up fallen leaves from your lawn. Not only do they spoil the look, but they take away the light from the grass underneath, causing it to go brown. Keep all the leaves to make leaf mulch (there are probably plenty more to be found on the roads and pavements too).

You can make a simple frame using stakes and chicken wire, to store the leaves, or just place them in black bin liners with a few holes slashed in the sides. Once the bag is full, sprinkle with water, tie and place in a shady spot. By next autumn, the leaves will have rotted down into a rich, crumbly mixture which you can use as a mulch, as autumn top-dressing for lawns or a winter covering for bare soil.


NOVEMBER ON THE VEG PLOT

Whether you have an allotment, a veggie patch in your garden or just a few containers for growing your own.

Plant out bare rooted raspberry plants. Prepare the site well, removing all weeds and enriching with compost. Soak the plants in a bucket of water for 30 minutes or so before planting. Place 45 to 60cms apart, firm in well and cut back the top to 15cms. This raspberry bed will produce tasty fruit for years to come. I love autumn raspberries that fruit in August and September on this season's growth and just need cutting back to the ground in February.

Mulch around the base of fruit trees and bushes, with compost or well-rotted manure, after collecting and removing fallen leaves to your leaf mould bin.

Sow broad beans. 'Aquadulce Claudia' is a tried and trusted variety for autumn sowing. If your site is windy, try 'The Sutton', which produces compact plants less prone to wind damage. This variety is also great to try in containers.

Plant out garlic by separating the cloves from the bulb and planting each clove, just below the surface, 15cm apart in rows 30cm apart. Pointy end up, root base down. If you garden on heavy wet ground, try starting your garlic in pots and over winter in the cold frame to plant out in spring. This will prevent the cloves rotting.

thanks to  - https://www.bartongrange.co.uk/plants-and-gardening/gardening-advice/

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