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Your Garden In November

2nd of November 2003

The wonderful summer has passed into a magnificent autumn with some magnificent autumn colour and well into October the ground is very dry indeed. Mother Nature will no doubt sort this out for us but we will need to water hanging baskets, tubs and containers until the frosty weather arrives. Lawns should be scarified and autumn lawn fertilizer applied as soon as possible. The vegetable garden should be dug soon, working in plenty of farmyard manure. Broad beans should be sown during November and the early onion sets should be planted too.

Fallen leaves do make fine leaf mould or they can go on to the compost heap, where a little Garotta will help them rot down in about a year or so. Now is a very good time to plant trees and shrubs, roses, climbing plants, fruit trees and soft fruit bushes. Raspberries are usually planted a foot apart, in rows against wire supports, whereas all other fruit bushes are planted with plenty of space between plants. Hedging plants, such as privet, beech and quickthorn are bare-rooted and can be planted from November until March. When planting perennial plants, a small handful of bonemeal should be put in the bottom of the hole and compost should be mixed with the surrounding soil. Camellias, rhododendrons and heathers will need an ericaceous fertilizer instead of bonemeal. Bulbs, such as tulips, can still be planted in the garden and hyacinths can be planted in bowls indoors but it is too late now to get them to flower for Christmas. Polyanthus, pansies and primroses will give colour in the garden throughout the autumn and winter except in very frosty weather and these plants are very useful in hanging baskets at this time of year.
As the deciduous shrubs loose their leaves, the evergreens such as Euonymous, Eleagnus and the variegated hollies will brighten up the garden. So too will the berrying shrubs such as pyracantha and our marvellous Contoneaster hybridus pendulus, which was raised first in Chipperfield be Herbert Simmonds during the 1930s.
Terry Simmonds

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