Jobs To Do In November


November marks the last chance to really get to grips with your garden before the cold weather sets in.  There is no point trying to dig your ground when it is frozen, so if you haven't done so already, what are you waiting for? November is the month when all the leaves start to

fall from the trees, this is the time to maximise ready for next year. Collect these leaves and turn them into one of the best mulches that money can't buy. Leaf mould is great for improving the quality of your soil, it can also be used in your potting mix, or used as a seed compost. You really shouldn't miss out on one of the last harvests of the year. Yes! It really is a harvest. You cannot buy leaf mould in the shops, so get out collect some leaves and make the most of this free and natural resource.

Although many gardeners think that September marks the end of the growing season, there is still plenty of work to do in order to fully maximise your garden or allotment for the coming year. Take a look below, this is just some of the jobs you could be doing right now.


  • Lift and store Gladioli / Dahlia's
  • Make a Bulb Lasagne
  • Give roses an Autumn prune
  • Cut down annuals such as  Calendula
  • Remove debris from the crowns of alpines
  • Plant bare root roses and trees
  • Plant most bulbs for a spring show
  • Remove and store plant supports until they are needed again in the spring
  • Take root cuttings of oriental poppies
  • Stay on top of annual weeds
  • Plant lily bulbs
  • Sow sweet peas
bulb lasagne

Around The Garden

mow lawn
  • Trim topiary before winter
  • Clean and oil your mower and other tools (remove any fuel)
  • Collect leaves to make leaf mould
  • Check your clay pots for cracks, group the pots together and raise up off the ground
  • Mulch your borders/beds
  • Start to put out feed for birds
  • Remove algae from paths and paved areas
  • Clear dead and yellowing foliage
  • Check tree ties are secure
  • Give your lawn its last mow
  • Cut off unwanted suckers at the base of grafted trees
  • Make a pile of leaves & twigs for hedgehogs to hibernate in

At The Allotment

  • Save runner bean seed
  • Sow Rocket and other leafy vegetables for winter use
  • Plant garlic cloves
  • Plant autumn onions
  • Check any stored apples
  • Dig empty patches of soil and add manure
  • Plant summer fruiting raspberries
  • Prepare soil for planting bare rooted fruit trees
  • Lift and pot up chives and mint to grow indoors through winter
  • Prune apple and pear trees
  • Clear away all outdoor tomato plants and debris
  • Remove weeds from potted fruit trees
  • Start a new compost heap
  • Collect seaweed from your local beach (get permission first)
  • Net brassicas to stop pigeon damage
  • Sow hardy broad beans
  • Take hardwood fruit cuttings
  • Move tender plants inside
  • Wash the glasshouse / poly tunnel with Jays Fluid
  • Insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap
  • Prune grape vines
  • Clean your pots and seed trays
new compost heap
So as you can see, Just because it's November, there is still plenty to be getting on with. Do these things now and you will be set ready for the spring.
Take care and happy gardening.