Sweet pea seedlings sprouting

Gardening advice for November

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, November 09

Gardening advice for November

Wind and rain is increasing and leaves are falling like snow.

Now is the time to attend to the jobs in the garden in preparation for the cold winter months and short days ahead. Wrap plans and containers and raise onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging. Prune roses to prevent root rock and collect all leaves to burn. and put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden.

Make novel feeders from small terracotta pots, tied together and suspended from There are other things that you can do in the garden to help wildlife through the winter. Make a beetle stack from pruning cut to about 40cm long and built into a small pyramid.

Build a wildlife shelter in a corner of the garden from branches and woody pruning. Push the branches into the ground to form a box shape. Lay the pruning inside and fill any gaps with leaves. You can add to this all year round and it will attract insects, small mammals and even roosting birds.

As this is the time of year for bonfires and the pile of unusable debris has probably become quite large, check before you burn just in case a hedgehog has decided to hibernate inside. Move them to the wildlife shelter for the winter and you can even build them a bespoke house to sleep in ready to wake in the spring and feast on the slugs!

Sweet peas can be sown now, in deep pots, as can garlic. All old crops can be cleared and the ground dug over. Winter bedding can be planted out and if you have fruit trees place grease bands around the trunks to prevent winter moth damage. Spike the lawn and add grit to the holes and continue to clear fallen leaves, especially from pathways and ponds.

Whilst is still mild you can get out and relay paths or create new ones, top up gravel and improve drainage for winter and add stepping stones to lawns, so all in all November is a good gardening month.

MEET PAUL

Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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