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Gardening tips for November

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I always seem to be posting gardening tips when my own garden is looking worse for wear – would anybody like to come round and sweep leaves for me (I know, I know, this was meant to be done last month – do I read my own blog, etc, etc)? I’ll make you a cuppa… I have biscuits (the chocolate-ty kind!). No?

OK then, I’ll have to hope that editing Ellen’s tips will get me in the mood for pulling on my wellies and grabbing a rake. In the meantime, here is the lovely lady herself…

Plant away:
The cold nights have set in but gardening is always about planning for the following season. To give you a splash of pretty colours in early Spring, now is the time to plant out your Pansies, Primulas and Violas in beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets. You will be pleased you made the effort when the colours give you a lift in the Spring.

Primulas

Primulas

Tulip time:
Most of your spring bulbs should have been planted by now but there is still time to plant out pretty Tulip bulbs – there are many colours and varieties to choose from with something to suit every garden, container and pot. From single early varieties to double late, you can have Tulips in bloom for a long Spring period. Planting in groups provides the best display.

Pink tulips

Pink tulips

Plan ahead:
Another favourite for Spring colour is the magnificent Magnolia tree, which never fails to impress. Autumn is a great time for planting these in a spot with full sun. They require little pruning and, although they can take a couple of years to flower, they are well worth the wait.

Magnolia tree

Magnolia tree

Mucking around:
Now is the time to spread some muck around your vegetable plot! Grab some bags of well rotted manure and rake it all over your beds to allow the nutrients to be absorbed in the soil over the Winter. It’s an easy way to improve the soil for your prize winning vegetables to grow in next year.

Spread muck now for great veg

Spread you muck now for a great crop of veg

Feed with seed:
Now more than ever, ensure your garden birds have a plentiful supply of food and water to help them through the cold months. If you do feed our feathered friends try not to stop until winter is over – they can become reliant on over this period.

Feed the birds

Put seeds out for the birds

Ellen Mary is founder of No Fear Gardening, a monthly gardening club for amateurs. The next meeting is at 7pm on Wednesday 9 November at The Library, Norwich, where the botanical elements of Gin will be discussed. ellenmarygardening.co.uk

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