11. ..November

Kitchen Garden

  • Brassicas: Net against pigeons.  Cabbage white fly is no longer a threat so fleece is not necessary.  Tall plants may need staking.
  • Raspberries, Blackberries & hybrid berries: November is a good time to prune berry patches.  It is also an ideal time to plant bare rooted canes.  Add plenty of compost to the soil and 250gr (8oz) per square yard of bonemeal.  Now is also a good time to plant raspberry canes in well-manured soil 18-24 inches (45-60cm) apart.
  • Currants: prune currants, and take hardwood cuttings if needed.
  • Start winter pruning apple & pear trees.
  • Grapevines can be pruned after leaf fall but before the end of December.
  • Cloche cover over late-grown parsley will help extend it’s growth.
  • Carrot: protect overwintering carrot by removing foliage and netting down a layer of stray as insulation.  Cover late beetroot & carrot with straw or cardboard to keep frost at bay and make them easier to harvest if the ground freezes.
  • Fruit trees: Prune out shoots of apple trees infected with canker.  Prune apple & pear trees from now to early March.

 

As plots become bare following harvests, dig them over.  This introduces air to the soil and heavy clay soils really benefit from a good turning over in the autumn.

  • After turning over the soil and picking out any large stones, spread a 2 inch layer of manure to the surface.

 

Sow Directly for early spring cropping (April-May harvests)

  • broad bean & hardy peas.  Protect young plants with cloches in extended periods of frost or snow.
  • garlic
  • onions & shallot

 

Harvest

  • Brussels sprouts: sprouts should be starting to show.  Pick from the bottom of the plant upwards.
  • Leek: harvest every other leek plant in a row, leaving the rest to grow on.
  • kale, chard, celery, celeriac, kohl rabi, winter cabbage, turnip, swedes, spinach & parsnip can be harvested.

 

Flower / Ornamental Garden

  • Roses: rose blackspot overwinters on stems and fallen leaves, so remove these and dispose (do not compost).
  • Cut back herbaceous perennials & divide congested clumps.
  • Tulips: Plant tulip bulbs 2-3 times the bulb’s depth.  Layer in pots with smaller bulbs on top.  Protect with wire mesh if squirrels are pests in your garden.
  • Plant other spring-flowering bulbs: daffodil, narcissus, grape hyacinth etc.
  • Mulch delicate perennials such as salvia with a thick layer of compost to insulate against frost.
  • Lift containers onto bricks to assist drainage.  Protect container plants from frost by wrapping in bubble wrap in cold spells.
  • Leave ornamental grasses uncut to provide protection for overwintering insects.
  • Trees: Plant trees, shrubs, roses (bare rooted or container grown).  From now until February is the time to prune most deciduous trees.
  • Alpines: add grit around their collars to help protect against rot.  Remove leaves from around the plants.  (Alpines need to stay in well drained conditions).

 

Cuttings

  • Take root cuttings from late autumn, to be placed in a cold frame.  If you have phlox or anemone now is a good time to propagate by root cuttings.
  • Take hard wood cuttings: red and white currant, roses…  For red & white currant bushes, take cuttings 12 inches long; remove all buds except the top 3 or 4 to ensure bare stems.

 

Wildlife

  • Clean birdbaths, removing fallen leaves and twigs and ensuring the water is clear.
  • Remove leaves that have fallen into the pond.

 

November 2019:  

  • we planted Giant Elephant & Germidour Softnecked Garlic (Sat 9 Nov).
  • Harvested yellow raspberries which were still sweet to eat; pink cosmos still in flower (9 Nov 2019)
  • Harvested swiss chard & purple curly kale on Saturday 9 November 2019.