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Rooko's November Top 10 Tryouts & Tips!!

1. Don't forget the yearly ritual of checking over bonfires, before they are lit, to ensure any wildlife is not hibernating inside them.

2. Although the weather is wet cold and dreary over most of the UK, if you can collect fallen leaves from trees and shrubs, it will make good leaf mould for later use in the garden or down the plot.

3. Probably your last chance to plant the following in November. Garlic, Broad beans, Overwintering Peas, Overwintering Onion and Shallot sets. Try the following in a frost free greenhouse or under protection. Winter Lettuce, Endive, Pak-Choi, Spinach.

4. Save those long plastic containers discarded from curtain poles or window blinds. Cut away one side of the container and use them for light weight cloches to cover seeds/seedlings.

5. If you have a fish pond in your garden which may become frozen during the Winter, put a tennis ball, or 2, into the water to prevent it completely freezing over. Keep any water movement going during the Winter months.

6. Winter protection in cold areas for Rhubarb may consist of covering the crowns with about 10 inches (25cm) of straw. Mulching around the crowns will supply nutrients to the roots and may provide protection from frost also.

7. Some green manures can still be sown now. They will help to subdue weeds, which is helpful during spells of bad weather when the ground cannot be weeded. The green manure can be turned into the soil at a later date to disperse their nutrients.

8. This years extremely wet weather in UK has seen a large rise in the snail and slug populations. It may be prudent to purchase some nematode products to combat them, prior to next seasons sowing and growing begins.

9. One method of cleaning used plant pots is as follows. Firstly soak the pots in cold clean tap water for a few hours to loosen up any dirt on them. Fill a container with 2 gallons of clean water and add a half cup of bleach to the water. (Use protective clothing when handling bleach). Thoroughly scrub the pots until clean and rinse them again with fresh water. Leave them to dry before storing or using them again.

10. If you are storing seeds over the Winter months, keep them in tins. This will stop mice and other vermin knawing their way through containers made from less robust materials.
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