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The Garden in November

01 November 2017 by Pennells Garden Centre
The Garden in November

The Garden in November

November is the ideal time to plant new shrubs and trees, as well as to move existing ones in the garden. The soil is still relatively warm which encourages newly planted shrubs to make fresh roots so that the plant becomes well established before the spring.

There may not be too many flowers in your autumn border now, but by dividing large clumps of perennials such as argyranthemum, rudbeckia, gaillardia, helenium and echinacea you can triple your late summer flower power in one season. Perennials die down each winter and regrow in the spring and summer. Many of the have flowers with daisy shaped blooms – with rudbeckia and coreopsis coming in yellow and orange tints while their close family relative, echinacea, tend more to the rose and purple end of the spectrum. It’s a good idea too to mark where your perennials are with canes as they die down so you don’t accidently dig them up or disturb them as they grow in the spring.

Before the strong gale-force winds get a chance to blow tall rose bushes about, it is worth cutting back taller stems by about a third to reduce the eventual wind rock that can loosen roots and reduce plant vigour.

November is the ideal time for planting out tulip bulbs, giving them sufficient time to produce a good root system while soils are still warm and enough time for the internal flower buds to grow out of the bulb next spring. Black is the most fashionable of colours in spring bulbs. The tulip Paul Scherer is said to be the darkest available, while Midnight Mystique is said to be the blackest hyacinth.

We have scores of tulip varieties for sale allowing you to create displays from March until May or even June. Some of the species tulips such as praetans and saxitalis are some of the earliest to bloom. They have short stems and are best suited to rockeries or the front of flower borders. For striped foliage, the greigii group are second to none and include the bright red blooms of Red Riding Hood, the red and white mixture of Pinocchio or Show Time or the bright pink of Donau Perle.

All new bulbs are sold with flowers safely formed inside their shells, but plants need to be fed if they continue to form flowers of decent size from year to year. That’s why you are advised to feed the roots with something like a controlled release plant food such as Osmocote or Miracle-Gro Slow Release Plant Food that you can add to the soil in autumn, safe in the knowledge that it will release its balanced nutrients as the soil warms up in spring and the tulips are showing leaves.

Other things to do in the garden in November:
• Apply grease bands to fruit trees to protect them from winter moths.
• Clear and prepare the ground to make new fruit or veg patch.
• Clear the crops that are over and dig in Farmyard Manure.
• Sow windowsill crops including herbs and salad leaves.
• Grow sprouting seeds.
• Start a mushroom kit

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