Sketched Mushroom

November Jobs

Garden Maintenance

November is a great time of year to enjoy your garden, the colours, the freshness of the air and I find it all very exhilarating (assuming the rain doesn’t stop play!). And if it does continually rain (as it has done here in Devon) simply be grateful for the gift from above (whilst harvesting as much of it as you possibly can!) and hide away in the potting shed.

 

Flower Power

Don’t be too quick to clear away the last of the flowering plants, as I’ve noticed there are still some bees and insects enjoy the last of the nectar

  • Cosmos

  • Verbena

 

And in preparation for next year you can start sowing that trusted garden favourite;

  • Sweet Pea

 

Veg Plot

It’s not too late to sow the following;

  • Broad Beans

  • Autumn Onion Sets

 

And provided you give them some protection of a cloche or greenhouse you can also sow;

  • Radish

  • Peas

  • Salad

 

You can begin harvesting and enjoying the following from the patch;

  • Cauliflowers

  • Celery

  • Chicory

  • Swede

  • Swiss Chard

 

Pruning 

It’s a good month for a winter prune of the following;

  • Apples

  • Blackberries

  • Blueberries

  • Black Currents

  • Raspberry (autumn fruiting)

 

Shrub Pruning

If you have an of the following shrubs in your garden now is a good time to prune;

  • Hardy Fuchsia

  • Honeysuckle

  • Climbing Roses

 

Nature

There is a lot that you can be doing in the garden at this time of year to help our garden guest;

  • Don’t trim back any Ivy as this is a great source of late nectar for insects

  • Think about introducing shrubs into your garden that produce berries, as these are a good source of food for birds (and garden centres and nurseries will be full of them at this time)

  • Make or buy a hedgehog hibernation box