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Rooko's November Top 10 Tips & Tryouts

1. With the warm sunny weather still continuing in most of U.K. there is still time to plant /sow the following: Lambs lettuce, chard, chicory, lettuce, oriental greens, winter hardy spring onions, spring cabbage, asparagus crowns, bedding plants and from seeds, overwintering peas and beans. Keep fleece or cloches handy in case of unexpected frosty weather appearing.

2. If your house plants start to shed leaves as Winter approaches, try moving them near to a window or warmer position which benefits from some direct sunlight.

3. When potting up bulbs for Spring flowering use a cheap compost in their pots to save money. Add feed later as the bulbs start to flower.

4. Remove any rotting fruit and vegetation from your plot/garden, keep lawns as free as possible from fallen leaves to help stop the spread of diseases. If the weather is mild then grass is likely to keep growing, so mowing it will also make the job of removing leaves easier utilizing the mower to do so.

5. Make regular checks of your stored vegetables, ensuring any diseased ones are disposed of.

6. Adding grease bands to the trunks of fruit trees this month should stop winter moth damage.

7. November is a good month to check, maintain and repair, gardening tools, machinery, greenhouse heaters, cloches, water butts, downpipes as well as checking outbuildings for rainwater leaks.

8. Windy weather probably accounts for more damage to allotments, gardens, trees and plants than most other weather conditions. Ensure tree and plant stakes are well secured. Other outdoor items and structures such as sheds, greenhouses, fencing, planters and pots may all need to be secured or taken indoors if high winds are forecast.

9. Any rotted down compost that you have available can be spread around borders or next seasons veggie planting areas to enable it to work into the soil over the Winter.

10. November is possibly the best month to plant out Tulip bulbs. 


  1. We have to grease our fruit trees soon. The old bands are still in place from a few years ago but we found them a pain to use. They stick to hands and also wouldn't fit closely round irregular shaped trunks. Now we buy a pot of tree grease and smear it in using a pair of old rubber gloves that can be thrown away after or a cheap paintbrush. We did try an applicator like those used for sealant but it wasn't very manageable and only smeared a narrow bands. It's also important to grease stakes or the bugs use them to bypass the grease,

    1. Good advice Sue, my trees are only 5 to 6 years old and luckily they still have straight, smooth trunks, unfettered by lower branches.


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