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November Gardening Tips.Created by Jane Jackson in Being You, Home and Garden
As I write this we have severe weather warnings being issued, ask the clocks have gone back and so Winter is well and truly on its way. It is that time when many of us put the garden to bed, apoplectic but are we too tidy?
The garden can look so bare if we drastically cut everything back, sale so think before you start hacking!
The seed heads of many perennial plants are valuable foods for our wildlife during those long cold Winter months.
Ornamental grasses are wonderful secure places for many insects to overwinter. Not only are they good for wildlife, during those frosty, snowy mornings, there is something magical about their forms, glistening like little jewels to lift our spirits.
November is tulip time, plant them deep and look forward to the brilliance in the Spring.
Clear up fallen leaves, collect in bags and leave in a corner of the garden, it makes great mulch.
Pots that are tender but too big to go in the greenhouse can be protected by wrapping bubble wrap around the pot. Lift the pots of the ground, on pot feet to stop water logging.
Clear out greenhouse.
To prevent Winter moth damaging fruit trees tie some greased tape around the trunk.
This is the last chance to plant out wallflowers, and if you haven’t already plant out any winter bedding.
When you are cutting back, don’t cut back penstemons leave them to protect the crown of the plant from frosts, or Hydrangeas leave the flower heads on and leave till Spring to protect new buds.
Lastly but not least, make sure your birdfeeders are clean and full and keep them topped up, not forgetting to freshen up their water.
Time to sit back by the fire with a well earned cuppa.