What to do in the garden in November:
Early winter is a time for planning, and for making sure your garden is tucked up snugly for its winter rest. Here are your jobs to get on with this month:
Clean nest boxes removing old nesting material which can harbour parasites. Give bird baths and feeders a good scrub too.
Check bonfires for hibernating hedgehogs, moving established heaps to a new site before setting light to them.
Protect delicate plants likely to suffer in frosty weather, like cistus and fuchsia, tucking bracken or straw around their bases.
Protect fastigiate (columnar) conifers from snow damage by loosely wrapping them with wire so branches aren't forced out of shape.
Plant tulips in generous drifts, each bulb about 7.5cm apart and 15cm deep, adding a handful of coarse grit to planting holes to help drainage
Plant gooseberry bushes, available now from our garden centre - you can fit them into even the smallest gardens trimmed into cordons and trained against a fence.
Plant garlic spacing cloves about 15cm apart and sinking them into the ground so the tips are just below the surface.
Net Brussels sprouts and cabbages to keep off hungry pigeons, though check regularly to make sure birds aren't getting trapped.
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