Move any of your frost tender plants into your greenhouse or into a sheltered spot. Wrapping the pots with newspaper, fleece or bubble wrap will also give them the extra protection they need to survive the winter. Grouping them together will also help them to stay protected. Raise any containers and pots by placing blocks of wood or bricks underneath them. This will prevent them from becoming waterlogged over winter.
In milder parts of the country, you can start to sow and plant vegetables in pots and containers in your greenhouse. Leeks, Asparagus, Rhubarb and Onions can all be started now. Cheer up the outside of your house by planting up some winter baskets and containers. Heathers, Carex, Trailing Ivies, Winter Pansies, Cyclamen and Fuchsias will brighten up any outside space.
If you haven’t done so already, plant out your spring flowering bulbs, especially Tulips. As long as the ground is not frozen, they will be fine to be planted out now. Mulch around any non-hardy perennials, shrubs and evergreens in your garden. You can use straw, wood chippings or even old carpet. Fuchsias and Ceanothus certainly need protection.
November is an excellent time to be thinking about bare root hedging. Perfect for creating a new hedge or for filling any gaps you have in your garden. We have a huge range for sale, from Laurel to Box, Rowan and Dogwood. Take hardwood cuttings from Buddleja, Fig, Willow, Forsythia, Cornus and shrub Roses this month. As soon as the leaves have fallen, make a clean, sloping cut immediately below a bud so you can tell the top from the bottom. Keep them in a cold frame until the spring.
Mulch around any non-hardy perennials, shrubs and evergreens in your garden. You can use straw, wood chippings or even old carpet. Fuchsias and Ceanothus certainly need protection. Wrap grease bands around your fruit trees to catch any female winter moths which climb up from the soil.
Continue to remove any fallen leaves from your garden, as slugs and snails love to hide in them. If you have any bare plots of garden, leave the leaves where they are as they will rot down, creating a mulch. Keep an eye out for leaves in your gutters and ponds too.
The weather should be cold enough for the lawn mower to be put away for the winter. Before you store it away, give it a quick clean, removing any dried on clippings and make sure the collection bag is empty. For petrol lawn mowers, drain off the fuel before you store it away.
To prevent slippery paths in your garden, cut back any overhanging branches to allow more sunlight to the pathway and to improve air movement. Moss and algae can usually be removed with a pressure washer, which will greatly reduce the likelihood of slippery paths. Keep leaving out food and water for the wildlife in your garden. As winter approaches, food in the wild becomes scarcer for them. Plants such as Berberis, Pyracantha and Sorbus provide valuable winter berries for the wild birds in the garden.