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November Garden Jobs for the End of Autumn 2021

We can’t quite believe that we are into November and still waiting for our first frost! This warmer weather we have been having means that many of us will have been seeing our plants bloom much later than usual, which is a much-welcomed sight. Despite the lack of frost so far, it will be just around the corner, so make sure you are prepared by using our November garden jobs to help you out. If you have any questions you would like to ask us directly you can ask us and other fellow gardeners in our Facebook group “The Golden Valley Patch” here.

1. Be prepared for the first frost

If you haven’t already, get ready for the first frost by having fleece on hand, and moving your tender perennials to somewhere warmer so they can come back thriving next year. Unsure of what a tender perennial is? We have a selection here to help you. With tender perennials such as Dahlias, you will want to wait until they have been blackened by the first frost before lifting the tubers. If you need some guidance we have some advice on how to do it in our October Garden Jobs blog.

2. Get planting now ready for next year

Autumn is known as nature’s time to plant as the soil is wet but still warm, making it the perfect time to plant new perennials so they can establish themselves well ready to thrive next year. This time of year can seem like a quiet time, which is another reason why it is great to get planting during November. Some great perennials to plant now ready for wonderful displays next year are Heucheras which can also be found in our plant collections

3. Mulch your beds and borders

Mulch is made out of organic material, commonly tree bark, wood chips, moss, grass clippings, or leaves. But substances such as compost, manure, or newspaper can be used. By mulching in the autumn, before the cold temperatures hit, you are helping to insulate your plants from rapid freezing or thawing, by retaining soil heat.

4. Have a seasonal bonfire

November marks Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes as it is also known), and it is a great time to spend time outdoors with friends and family, and if you have the space have a bonfire on your own. Before you create and burn your own bonfire though please ensure you research the rules on what you should and shouldn’t burn, and before lighting check for any hedgehogs or other wildlife that could be sheltering inside. For more information, the wonderful people at The Woodee (who are fire experts in our eyes) have us covered for the bonfire season with these great posts on what not to burn, as well as how to have a safe bonfire night.

5. Plant tulip bulbs

Early tulips can bloom from March to April, giving some of the first bursts of colour after the winter. In order to be rewarded with these wonderful flowers, you will need to plant your bulbs now in preparation. When planting them in your pots or borders, make sure you are covering them with at least twice their depth of soil or compost.

6. Remember to put food out for birds

The colder the weather turns, the more support our local wildlife needs from us as their food supply can begin to dwindle and they need more energy in order to keep themselves warm. By putting out food for birds over the winter you will encourage them to your garden and provide you with insect and weed control – it is a win, win all around!

7. Make your own leaf mould

Leaf mould is an invaluable soil conditioner and is a great way to use your fallen leaves in your garden. To make your own leaf mould you need to give it time to decay, so by collecting leaves this autumn you will have it ready for next year! Simply gather your fallen leaves and place them into a bin liner (note: if your leaves are dry moisten them slightly), then pierce some small holes in the bag, tie the top loosely and leave them for up to two years. Leaves such as oak, beech or hornbeam can be added as they are, but it is a good idea to shred other leaves to help them to break down.