A guide to gardening in November
Welcome winter by taking care of your garden and giving these top tips a go.
Whilst things are slowing down in the garden, there are still options if you’re not quite ready to stop planting or landscaping just yet. We spoke to the experts at B&Q, who gave us some top tips for gardening in November.
Make your own leafmould
There’s no doubt that your garden will be covered in fallen leaves during November. Instead of looking at them as a mess that constantly need sweeping and clearing up, try harvesting them to make precious leafmould. Leafmould has a number of uses such as being used as mulch for your beds and borders as well as mixing it with potting compost to keep your plants and flowers from drying out.
What about the wildlife?
Make sure to continue taking care of any wildlife that enters your garden this winter. Keep your garden topped up with extra supplies of seeds, peanuts, fat balls and plenty of fresh water. Even if you’re not sitting out in the garden, watching wildlife from a window can be just as pleasurable.
Grow your own garlic
Now’s the time to get planting for next year, and with hardly any effort and very little space you can grow your own crop of gorgeous garlic. Used in countless recipes, having fresh, homegrown garlic at your fingertips is easier than you might think, all you need is a garlic bulb, a trowel and some multi-purpose compost.
Christmas is just around the corner so it is the perfect time to start planting your Christmas amaryllis. Most amaryllis take six to eight weeks to grow, so if you time it just right they’ll be in full bloom for the Christmas season. Cover two-thirds of the bulb with general compost and place in a bright, warm spot.
Give your lawn some TLC
Even over the winter months your lawn still needs caring for. If it’s very wet try to keep off of the grass as much as possible. During the autumn months your grass will continue to grow very slowly so rake up the excess leaves so that the grass has the light and air flow to keep it healthy. If drainage is a challenge try aerating by creating holes approximately ten centimetres apart with a garden fork, and apply top soil over the top.
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