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5 essential jobs for you to do in the garden this November

The weather hasn’t been much of a friend to us gardeners recently. We’ve been battered by storms, lashed by driving rain, and now are threatened with the prospect of snow in some parts over the weekend. Welcome back the typical November. Still, when you’re a gardener you’ve got to be hardy. You can’t sit back and only venture out when the sun shines: you’ve got to roll up your sleeves and tend to your gardens and plants whatever nature throws at you. It can be tough at times, but it’s just got to be done. So what essential jobs should you be doing in the garden right now? Well, here are Ladybrook Nursery’s top 5 tips.

  • Now the weather is cooler, it’s the perfect time to get your tulip bulbs planted. Cooler conditions help to protect against fungal diseases like fireblight. So don’t delay: plant today.
  • As wind speeds and strength are now increasing, you’ll need to tend to your roses. What you should be doing now is reducing the growth and hard pruning roses like hybrid teas and floribundas. Ideally you cut back their growth by half. However, don’t forget that your main pruning window should be late February. Then you should cut floribundas back to 18 inches (45 cm) and hybrid teas back to between 6 and 9 inches (up to 22 cm).
  • Order your vegetable seeds now. We have two top tips for buying quality seeds; always look for the RHS AGM symbol, and choose seeds with the wording ‘flavour’ when ordering.
  • Spend time in the shed. Not because we’re suggesting sheltering from the weather, though that might be necessary should the weather turn. Your shed has served you well over spring and summer, so it’s probably time to show it a little TLC. Tidy out the shed, and get rid of stuff that either you no longer need or is past its best. It will be boost your morale, and clear the decks for the New Year. Start planning ahead for next spring and make a list of what you’ll need for the next growing season.
  • Tie in rambling rose growth whilst it’s still supple and flexible, and remove the equivalent old wood from the base of the plant. Whilst you’re doing that, check trees and shrubs for damage.

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