November - an overview
Clean up any remaining plants that have finished and time to tidy
up the garden, any compost that has rotted down can be put out on
the ground, it will work its way into the soil through the winter.
the most of the cool dry days when the ground is not too wet to
dig over the soil and fork through removing any perennial weeds,
making sure the roots are all removed to prevent re-growth.
Perennial plants such as asparagus and globe artichoke, their foliage
be dying off as the plants get ready to prepare for winter, as soon
as they have, clear away the dead foliage and top dress with straw
based manure as this will improve the soil and help to protect the
plants against frosts.
This month plant garlic; you can buy a bulb locally from the shops.
Split the bulb into individual cloves and plant just so the tip
is showing. Keep a check on them to make sure birds don't pull them
out, the garlic cloves first need the cold and then warmth to grow;
they should be ready in following July.
Check the winter vegetables, the colder shorter days mean their
growth will slow down. Check brassicas for any damage from Pigeons
and either put a net over, or try using old CD's on string suspended
above the vegetables to frighten the birds off.
Fruit bushes can be pruned; currant bushes need one third of their
growth taking out. Raspberry canes; the old wood needs removing
and the new season's growth tying in. Autumn raspberries need cutting
right back as they fruit on the new seasons growth. Sort out the
pruned wood and any pieces that are about 3ft tall with stout branches
save for using as pea stick support.
Now is the time to start planning for next year's growing season;
ordering new seeds.
If you have any advice or tips about gardening relating to
this month contact us and if suitable will add to the page - please
local to Haworth and the surrounding area only.