Gardening tips for November

Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can’t, it is worth wrapping plants or pots. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.

Top 10 jobs this month

1 Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds and beds

2 Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging

3 Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year

4 Prune roses to prevent wind-rock

5 Plant out winter bedding

6 Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem

7 Insulate outdoor containers from frost – bubblewrap works well

8 Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks

9 Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden

10 Use a seasonal bonfire – where this is allowed – to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting

Tips from Royal Horticultural Society

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