November – Winter Is On The Way.

Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rainare on the increase. Tender plants (such as bananas) will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can’t, it is worth wrapping plants or pots in situ. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.

Winter protection
Top 10 jobs this month

1 Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds and beds
2 Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
3 Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
4 Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
5 Plant out winter bedding
6 Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
7 Insulate outdoor containers from frost – bubblewrap works well
8 Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks
9 Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden
10 Use a seasonal bonfire – where this is allowed – to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting

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