As we head into a second national lockdown, the garden will once again provide a sanctuary to many of us as we spend more time in our homes and use our gardens more than we have done in previous years.
As the nights and darker days draw in, there are still several jobs that can be done in the garden this month so it can provide joy and cheer, as well as being an important activity that can improve both our health and mental well-being during these uncertain times. It is also beneficial to take advantage of any sunny, crisp spells to start planning next year’s planting and how you can bring your outdoor space to life. Here’s our quick guide of ideas that can be done in the garden this November.
Plant for next year
There is still time to plant for next year to ensure your garden is a kaleidoscope of colour and a feast for the senses. As Autumn enwraps itself around us, this is nature’s time to plant whilst the sun is warm and the soil moist, ripe for activity. Now is the optimum time to plant spring bulbs in containers which include the traditional favourites such as crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils and tulips as well as more unusual types such as chinodoxa, erythronium and puschkinia.
November is also planting season both fruit and ornamental trees, hardy annuals, bare-rooted roses and fruit, shrubs and hedges to get their root balls established and start their journey for the new season, providing both height and structure outdoors next year.
For those of you that have a vegetable patch, produce such as spring onions, winter greens, radishes, spinach, broad beans and first peas can still be sown now, as well as onion, shallots and garlic which will overwinter, providing an aromatic and tasty start to your garden come spring.
Protect your sensitive plants
As the weather turns colder, it is important to protect sensitive plants and protect them from the frosts. Move containers into a sheltered position out of harsh winds and to prevent rain damage. Our pot range is weather-proof, so can be left outside year-round. Horticulture fleece jackets are the ideal protection to protect your plants from frosts and pests in the garden and can be reused every year. November can also be a notoriously wet month so it’s advisable to raise containers off the ground with pot feet to avoid waterlogging.
Now is the time for some simple Autumn lawn care tasks such as aerating, seeding and feeding to ensure you have a lush green oasis come Spring.
An important task in November is to rake the leaves from your garden as they fall from the trees, not only to prevent them rotting down and suffocating your lawn, but because they are worth their weight in gold and can be turned into leaf mulch which can be an important soil improver and source of nutrition for your plants.
Your existing garden plants could also do with some TLC at this time so tidy existing borders, cut down herbaceous stems and clear remains of annual plants that have died down. This is also a great time of year to clear your greenhouse, oil, clean and sharpen your essential garden tools, so they are in top shape for next season.
Garden birds will need your help during the winter, and you can do this by providing food and offering shelter during the colder months. Bird seed and food that contains suet, nuts sunflower hearts will provide them with energy and the vital nutrients that they need to survive the colder months.
An accessible water source in your garden is essential for birds too, so ensure water trays and baths are replenished with fresh water every day for both drinking and bathing.
Is this the year that you invest in solar lights, firepits to extend that days spent in your garden with your loved ones? Creating a winter wonderland couldn’t be easier and creating light in your outdoor space will brighten up even the darkest of days. The simple addition of adding a firepit and lighting and provides a garden that can be used all year round. Whether it is a traditional rust fireplace as a focal point or a smaller firepit in your yard or on your balcony, why not invest now to create a warm and inviting exterior space just a stone’s throw away from your back door?
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