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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Planting In November

To give your garden the very best head start continue the tradition of autumn planting and plant as much as possible now. Planting in autumn is recommended because the conditions are favourable and if we establish plants now we can enjoy them next year. Plants benefit from having time to create a solid root system through autumn, winter and early spring, when they are not under pressure to flower and produce leaves. The soil is warm and moist and not yet frozen providing the conditions are kind enough to support them.
 If we miss this perfect October/November period the early spring is another peak planting season and probably a more suitable time to plant our silvery sun loving Mediterranean plants. (Such as Rosemary and Lavender pictured below)

Many plants, particularly those used for hedging, are best purchased economically with bare roots just lifted from the ground. Now is the definable time to establish a new hedge and this applies to some trees as well.  Help with hedging >>

Having said that plants which are gown in pots, rather than those lifted straight from the ground, do have a reasonable pre-established root system which is how we manage to cheat nature and plant throughout the year regardless. These would still establish best in autumn.

More Really Important Thing To Do Now
As I have said its time to plant hedges, trees and shrub. This includes fruit.


The obvious gardening task is to tidy up and cut back all those faded tatty flower heads. Some prefer to leave them over the winter as they can look pretty covered in frost and may provide some protection. Its personal preference.

 I leave the later flowering things like penstemons that can be a bit fussy and most tougher plants I tidy up.

Move or transplant carefully anything in the wrong position. I would apply this rule to most shrubs, trees and perennial apart from those of Mediterranean origin pictured above. I feel they prefer to be moved as the weather warms in the spring. These plant are often have silvery or hairy leaves giving you a clue they don't need to be too wet and enjoy hot positions.

Get some manure on the garden. Plants like roses and rhubarb will really benefit from a dollop of well rotted manure.

Deal with your lawn problems. Seed the bare patches. Scarify (rake out the bad stuff)and aerate (spike in some holes), sprinkle on some if the ground is heavy. A feed will not hurt but be very very care how you apply it or you will burn the grass and it will start show ugly blue patches from over feeding.

If some of your perennials are lifting themselves out of the ground, particularly heucheras bed them back in. You can split and divide large clumps though I pref to do this in the spring as the energy to grow is about to burst rather than as they are about to become dormant.

Now is the time to cheer yourself up with a bit of colour by the house. When you tip out the faded bedding fill up your pots with some winter colour using pansies,violas and small evergreens. Planting hardy Pots >>

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