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Rooko's November Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1. With less time being spent gardening over the Autumn & Winter think about collecting re-usable items that can be used in the garden or down the plot next season. Plastic bottles with the spray tops, for example, can be cleaned after they are used up, and re-used for garden sprays.

2. If you are lucky enough to have poly tunnels and cloches, try using the cloches inside the tunnels to doubly protect crops sown over the Winter months from the cold weather.

3. Provided that the ground is not too wet, November is a good time to divide various plants, as well as adding a good layer of mulch to plants in borders and beds.

4. Bulb planting should be completed by the end of November. Hint plant bulbs to a depth equal to 3 times their diameter.

5. Kale, Broad beans, Oriental veg and Garlic can still be sown/planted in November. Some roots and over wintering greens can also be grown under protection, as well as Sweet peas, cyclamen and Lupins.

6. Many garden centres are selling discounted gardening supplies and other items at this time of the year, try a visit and pick up a bargain.

7. Mulching, manuring, composting on the allotment can be done now especially if the soil is dry enough to rotavate or dig the manure/compost in at this time of the year.

8. If you have been thinking about obtaining some plant/seed catalogues, try the following link which has a good selection of them, plus other home and gardening freebies, some are applicable to the U.S.A. too. CLICK HERE.

9. Don't forget to check any bonfires, before lighting them, some animals may have decided to hibernate in them!!

1. Garlic cloves can be planted out.
2. Sow peas (round type) if the ground is not waterlogged.
3. Parsnips can be left in situ.
1. Lift and store any remaining carrots.
2. Harvest Winter Cabbage and Cauliflower.
3. Prune back fruit canes.
 4. Remove any rotting fruit/vegetation


  1. I'm getting lots of emails with offers from online companies too but you need to check postage and packaging costs as this can make what appears to be a bargain not as cheap as you first think!

  2. Quite true Sue, only last night I applied for a freebie online only to find that the postage & packaging was over £7.


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