November In The Garden

November’s upon us and, in true British fashion, the weather has turned colder and wetter. Time in the garden will become more limited as we enter the darker days of December, so this is the month to get your last-minute perennials and shrubs planted for spring and summer.

There are a few small jobs for the garden this November – there’s always something to be doing!

Bulb Bargains Galore


With just a few weeks left to take advantage of last minute bulb planting for spring and early summer flowering, there are now many great last minute deals to be had on Daffodils, Tulips, Alliums, Crocus and many more of our favourites. Have a browse online for some planting ideas and look for last minute bargains by clicking here to visit our shop.

Make Your Own Eco-friendly Compost

Autumn is the perfect time of year to gather up fallen leaves, flowers, foliage and kitchen scraps, and attempt to create your own compost heap or bin. There are many easy to follow guides online that will help point you in the right direction. Shred the leaves and they will decompose into rich compost more quickly, and make sure to turn regularly – once every two weeks at the very latest, though we would suggest every week is best.

Prepare Shrubs And Perennials For Cold Snaps

Perennials and tender shrubs can be prepared for the colder months by adding protection for roots where required. Your local garden centre will be able to offer many suitable organic products for frost protection. This is critical to ensure the survival of tender perennials over winter, especially in the colder parts of the country.

Plant Large Fruit Trees

Planting loose-rooted fruit trees in preparation for next year allows them to fully establish themselves over the winter. By planting larger varieties such as Apple, Pear and Plum trees directly into their final location in the ground now, you’ll actually be giving them the best chance of surviving the winter months.

We suggest soaking them overnight in a bucket of water prior to planting so that the roots can absorb as much moisture as possible. Then plant in large holes with some added organic matter to enrich the soil, and just sit back and watch them flourish.

Try Bringing The Planting Indoors


Why not try bringing the planting in out of the cold this November and plant some indoor flowering Hyacinth, Daffodils or Amaryllis to add some colour and character around the house? They’re ideal for adding fragrance and an ornamental feel to your windowsill, table tops or sideboard, and some varieties can actually provide interest as early as Christmas.

Protect And Appreciate Wildlife

Keep leaving food out for the birds with fresh water. But make sure you don’t neglect these as they can quickly become frozen or full of debris in harsh weather. Little piles of wood can also help out our wildlife friends, as they provide crucial shelter or nutrition for all kinds of creatures in bad weather.

Alex Corlett

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