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What to do in the garden – Second Week of November

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant heathers and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour
  • Cut down faded stems on rudbeckia and Shasta daisies, to just above soil level
  • Finish planting tulips as soon as possible
  • Clear golden hop, sweet peas and annual climbers from supports. If they are still in flower and do not look too bad leave them a while longer
  • Check variegated shrubs for plain green shoots and prune them away
  • Plant out wallflowers, forget-me-nots, pansies and other spring bedding
  • Fork over vacant areas of soil
  • Deadhead pansies regularly to keep the flowers coming
  • Plant lily-of-the-valley

Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Clear away climbing beans, then pull up, clean and store away canes and supports
  • Plant new fruit trees and bushes
  • Check fruits in storage and remove any showing signs of rot
  • Pot up leafy herbs to bring on to a window sill and use in winter
  • Sow hardy varieties of broad beans and peas under cloches
  • Dig up and compost old summer crops
  • Source bags of composted green waste from local authorities to spread onto veg beds over winter
  • Plant out autumn onion sets and garlic
  • Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes, including black, white and red currants
  • Tidy strawberry beds, removing unwanted runners, old leaves and developing weeds
  • Order hedging for winter planting

In The Greenhouse

  • Keep pelargoniums looking good into winter by picking over spent flower heads and tatty leaves
  • Clean glazing to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Wash pots and trays
  • Clear fallen leaves from gutters
  • Plant lilies in pots
  • Clear old plants from the greenhouse border and dig in fresh compost
  • Plant dwarf irises, hyacinths and crocuses in pots
  • Remove faded leaves and flowers from plants to prevent grey mould spreading
  • Ventilate greenhouses on warm days but close vents at night
  • Cover poinsettias to give them at least 14 hours of complete darkness

Generally Around the Garden

  • Move worm compost bins under cover for winter
  • Empty glazed and ceramic pots that aren’t frost-proof and move under cover
  • Order loads of farmyard manure or mushroom compost to use over winter
  • Cut down marginal plants surrounding ponds
  • Check piles of rubbish before starting bonfires to ensure a hedgehog hasn’t set up residence
  • Mow lawns on dry days with the blades on a high setting
  • Wrap outside taps with insulation material to prevent them freezing
  • Spread compost from old growing bags on to outdoor beds to fork in over winter
  • Send off for mail-order seed catalogues and start preparing your planting wish list

Have a great week in the garden

Andrew

What to do in the garden – Second Week of November

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant heathers and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour
  • Cut down faded stems on rudbeckia and Shasta daisies, to just above soil level
  • Finish planting tulips as soon as possible
  • Clear golden hop, sweet peas and annual climbers from supports. If they are still in flower and do not look too bad leave them a while longer
  • Check variegated shrubs for plain green shoots and prune them away
  • Plant out wallflowers, forget-me-nots, pansies and other spring bedding
  • Fork over vacant areas of soil
  • Deadhead pansies regularly to keep the flowers coming
  • Plant lily-of-the-valley

Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Clear away climbing beans, then pull up, clean and store away canes and supports
  • Plant new fruit trees and bushes
  • Check fruits in storage and remove any showing signs of rot
  • Pot up leafy herbs to bring on to a window sill and use in winter
  • Sow hardy varieties of broad beans and peas under cloches
  • Dig up and compost old summer crops
  • Source bags of composted green waste from local authorities to spread onto veg beds over winter
  • Plant out autumn onion sets and garlic
  • Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes, including black, white and red currants
  • Tidy strawberry beds, removing unwanted runners, old leaves and developing weeds
  • Order hedging for winter planting

In The Greenhouse

  • Keep pelargoniums looking good into winter by picking over spent flower heads and tatty leaves
  • Clean glazing to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Wash pots and trays
  • Clear fallen leaves from gutters
  • Plant lilies in pots
  • Clear old plants from the greenhouse border and dig in fresh compost
  • Plant dwarf irises, hyacinths and crocuses in pots
  • Remove faded leaves and flowers from plants to prevent grey mould spreading
  • Ventilate greenhouses on warm days but close vents at night
  • Cover poinsettias to give them at least 14 hours of complete darkness

Generally Around the Garden

  • Move worm compost bins under cover for winter
  • Empty glazed and ceramic pots that aren’t frost-proof and move under cover
  • Order loads of farmyard manure or mushroom compost to use over winter
  • Cut down marginal plants surrounding ponds
  • Check piles of rubbish before starting bonfires to ensure a hedgehog hasn’t set up residence
  • Mow lawns on dry days with the blades on a high setting
  • Wrap outside taps with insulation material to prevent them freezing
  • Spread compost from old growing bags on to outdoor beds to fork in over winter
  • Send off for mail-order seed catalogues and start preparing your planting wish list

Have a great week in the garden

Andrew

What to do in the garden – Second Week of November

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant heathers and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour
  • Cut down faded stems on rudbeckia and Shasta daisies, to just above soil level
  • Finish planting tulips as soon as possible
  • Clear golden hop, sweet peas and annual climbers from supports. If they are still in flower and do not look too bad leave them a while longer
  • Check variegated shrubs for plain green shoots and prune them away
  • Plant out wallflowers, forget-me-nots, pansies and other spring bedding
  • Fork over vacant areas of soil
  • Deadhead pansies regularly to keep the flowers coming
  • Plant lily-of-the-valley

Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Clear away climbing beans, then pull up, clean and store away canes and supports
  • Plant new fruit trees and bushes
  • Check fruits in storage and remove any showing signs of rot
  • Pot up leafy herbs to bring on to a window sill and use in winter
  • Sow hardy varieties of broad beans and peas under cloches
  • Dig up and compost old summer crops
  • Source bags of composted green waste from local authorities to spread onto veg beds over winter
  • Plant out autumn onion sets and garlic
  • Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes, including black, white and red currants
  • Tidy strawberry beds, removing unwanted runners, old leaves and developing weeds
  • Order hedging for winter planting

In The Greenhouse

  • Keep pelargoniums looking good into winter by picking over spent flower heads and tatty leaves
  • Clean glazing to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Wash pots and trays
  • Clear fallen leaves from gutters
  • Plant lilies in pots
  • Clear old plants from the greenhouse border and dig in fresh compost
  • Plant dwarf irises, hyacinths and crocuses in pots
  • Remove faded leaves and flowers from plants to prevent grey mould spreading
  • Ventilate greenhouses on warm days but close vents at night
  • Cover poinsettias to give them at least 14 hours of complete darkness

Generally Around the Garden

  • Move worm compost bins under cover for winter
  • Empty glazed and ceramic pots that aren’t frost-proof and move under cover
  • Order loads of farmyard manure or mushroom compost to use over winter
  • Cut down marginal plants surrounding ponds
  • Check piles of rubbish before starting bonfires to ensure a hedgehog hasn’t set up residence
  • Mow lawns on dry days with the blades on a high setting
  • Wrap outside taps with insulation material to prevent them freezing
  • Spread compost from old growing bags on to outdoor beds to fork in over winter
  • Send off for mail-order seed catalogues and start preparing your planting wish list

Have a great week in the garden

Andrew

What to do in the garden – Second Week of November

In The Flower Garden

  • Plant heathers and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour
  • Cut down faded stems on rudbeckia and Shasta daisies, to just above soil level
  • Finish planting tulips as soon as possible
  • Clear golden hop, sweet peas and annual climbers from supports. If they are still in flower and do not look too bad leave them a while longer
  • Check variegated shrubs for plain green shoots and prune them away
  • Plant out wallflowers, forget-me-nots, pansies and other spring bedding
  • Fork over vacant areas of soil
  • Deadhead pansies regularly to keep the flowers coming
  • Plant lily-of-the-valley

Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Clear away climbing beans, then pull up, clean and store away canes and supports
  • Plant new fruit trees and bushes
  • Check fruits in storage and remove any showing signs of rot
  • Pot up leafy herbs to bring on to a window sill and use in winter
  • Sow hardy varieties of broad beans and peas under cloches
  • Dig up and compost old summer crops
  • Source bags of composted green waste from local authorities to spread onto veg beds over winter
  • Plant out autumn onion sets and garlic
  • Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes, including black, white and red currants
  • Tidy strawberry beds, removing unwanted runners, old leaves and developing weeds
  • Order hedging for winter planting

In The Greenhouse

  • Keep pelargoniums looking good into winter by picking over spent flower heads and tatty leaves
  • Clean glazing to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Wash pots and trays
  • Clear fallen leaves from gutters
  • Plant lilies in pots
  • Clear old plants from the greenhouse border and dig in fresh compost
  • Plant dwarf irises, hyacinths and crocuses in pots
  • Remove faded leaves and flowers from plants to prevent grey mould spreading
  • Ventilate greenhouses on warm days but close vents at night
  • Cover poinsettias to give them at least 14 hours of complete darkness

Generally Around the Garden

  • Move worm compost bins under cover for winter
  • Empty glazed and ceramic pots that aren’t frost-proof and move under cover
  • Order loads of farmyard manure or mushroom compost to use over winter
  • Cut down marginal plants surrounding ponds
  • Check piles of rubbish before starting bonfires to ensure a hedgehog hasn’t set up residence
  • Mow lawns on dry days with the blades on a high setting
  • Wrap outside taps with insulation material to prevent them freezing
  • Spread compost from old growing bags on to outdoor beds to fork in over winter
  • Send off for mail-order seed catalogues and start preparing your planting wish list

Have a great week in the garden

Andrew

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