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November Jobs In The Garden

Author: Lauren Coleman

I have to confess I’ve asked Lottie’s husband Edd to help me with this post. He’s far better at this gardening lark so today’s tips are from a real life expert. Oh and the glorious garden you see? That’s Charlotte’s. Yep, this post is a bit of a team effort.

If you haven’t already managed it, now’s the time for a general garden tidy up before the winter months. It’s also a great time to start thinking about colour and flowers to see you through the winter and spring.


  • You need to be getting your winter bulbs to ensure you have colour in your garden through those dreary months. Try planting the bulbs in layers and colour combinations to give variety at different times. For example plant three layers of bulbs in a pot, ensuring you put the bulbs that flower last at the bottom. You could try planting white tulips, followed by white and blue hyacinths and finally muscari at the top. You will then get the pretty blue muscari first, followed by the hyacinths and then the tulips. They will flower between January and late April and at times you will have a mix of all three. The planted pots can be kept outside. For more tips of spring bulbs check out Rebecca’s recent planting tips.
  • For best results for early flowering sweet peas sow them now in pots and keep in the greenhouse or in the house ready for planting out in April.
  • Helibores can be planted in to the ground or pots for early winter flowering and are perfect in shadier spots.
  • Get your spring bulbs in the ground. Go for a good mix of daffs and narcissi in different colours and sizes. Layer them up to create a beautiful effect when they flower. Again great in any beds or shady spaces.
  • This is your last chance to deadhead and prune back so check all your flowers and plants and give them a bit of TLC. Prune any roses or rose bushes ready for next year. Careful of the thorns!
  • Veggies

  • Keep picking the last of your root veg if you have grown it.
  • Plant garlic out in the ground or raised bed.
  • Plant your broad beans ready for next year either in the ground or in pots.
  • Prune back fruit canes.
  • Trim fruit trees by removing overlapping stems/branches.
  • General Maintenance

  • Give any perennials (plants that grows each year) a good tidy and prune to ensure they are in a good state for next years growth.
  • Start to remove any non hardy plants ahead of first frost.
  • Rake or sweep any leaves from the lawn or patio.
  • Give the lawn a last mow if it’s not too wet and a treatment of moss remover too.
  • Storage

  • Put away all garden tools and hose pipes.
  • Store any glazed pots inside to avoid them cracking during a frost.
  • Put your garden furniture away or cover over for the winter.
  • Wrap insulation around outdoor taps and pipes. It’s meant to be a cold one this winter and frozen pipes aren’t ideal.
  • Wildlife

    Make a hedgehog house or space for hibernating animals. This can be made out of a cardboard box or create a pile of leaves or log pile in the corner of the garden. Make sure these are protected and where they won’t be disturbed. The RSPCA have a lovely little guide here on caring for hedgehogs.

    Is anyone else tackling a few gardening jobs this month?

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    20 thoughts on “November Jobs In The Garden

    1. This is helpful! I have potted my bulbs for next spring but think I might try to get some colour in the garden with some winter flowering plants.

      A quick question – does anyone have a slug problem?! We keep getting them coming into our house and I’m not sure what to do! I have tried to block up holes from the outside where they could be getting in and have put down salt but they still seem to be making appearances in my kitchen!! Help!

      1. Marianne, I too have slugs in my kitchen. Shhh, its my secret!!! We had them when we first moved in but thought it was due to a rubbish old kitchen. Since having the kitchen completely redone, walls plastered etc they still occasionally make their way in. I’ll often see some little trails over the floor in the morning and if I’m very unlucky will actually find one late at night. It makes me rather sick. Apparently it is generally the same slugs so you need to eliminate them. My husband keeps saying he is going to remove all the kick boards and put down slug pellets but hasn’t done it yet (3 years later!). Now that I have confessed I am making it his job for this weekend otherwise no one will come and visit again. xx

        1. It’s horrible isn’t it?! We have not long moved into our house and the kitchen is about 8 years old, but looks brand new so we’re not doing anything with it. Maybe sorting the kick boards is an idea though. I have seen them late at night and do find the trails in the morning too. Slug pellets – will get them and see how we get on! Thanks Lottie, it’s good to share!!! x

          1. Good luck. One other top tip is that they always follow the trails (like little tracks) so make sure you get rid of them completely with bleach so that other slugs can’t find them. Sorry Lauren, this has now turned in to a slug post!! x

            1. Thanks for the tip!

              Sorry Lauren! I read RMS every day and comment a lot – good to see I get some replies to my comments relate to slugs!!!

              1. I’m so appreciative of the slug thread! I too thought it was my dirty little secret – glad to know we’re not the only ones!!

                We dont have any flooring down at the moment in the kitchen so i was hoping it’d help when we finally do – maybe block out the little beggars. I went for a strip of slug pellets under the door and in gaps – it seems to help. I cant remember the name of it, but I bought a non-toxic variety in case the cat picked any up on her paws going in and out. xx

                1. also…great tips Edd! Thank you

                  It’s completely slipped my mind to plant any spring bulbs yet so I’ve added it to the list of jobs for this weekend. I’m also hoping to rescue the bistro set, which is already looking like it’s taken a battering.

                  and speaking of cats… One thing to mention to anyone thinking of Hellebores is that they’re really poisonous to cats and dogs, so plant with care. xx

                2. Karen, we can start a secret slug club! Makes me pull a disgusted face everytime I speak, type or hear the word! x

                  1. Same! Loving all the tips from Edd by the way… i need to get those spring bulbs planted asap. We’ve been in the house a year now so I have a better idea of the gaps I need to fill. x

              2. I’m more than happy to have a slug related thread. I have a real problem with snails. They don’t make it into the house but they’re all over the garden 🙁

      2. It isn’t a dirty little secret. it seems to be quite a common problem that no one wants to admit to! I’ve found them occasionally in our kitchen too and sometimes find trails – we also have a lot in the garden. I’ve put pellets outside all the airbricks (we have loads of them) and that seems to have worked. If you’ve got pets you’re worried about and don’t want to use poison then copper tape works a treat too – I put that round my herb pots as the blighters kept eating all my sage!

        Shhh, don’t tell anyone but we also found a mouse in our house in the summer! I chased it out of the kitchen and down the driveway and we never saw it since. Put traps down as a precaution (humane ones) and never caught anything – we had our doors open most of the summer so think it just ran in randomly!

        1. Eeek, a mouse! I definitely think he must have run in. Copper is a great tip for slugs. I have also heard to leave a pot of beer by your back door or any plants. Apparently they can’t resist the stuff and then fall in and drown!! x

    2. Oh I wish I was more gardeny..I am so bad at keeping on top of it. This has reminded me I can’t ignore it anymore and need to get to it!
      We have 4 rose bushes in a sorry state at the front of the house, 1 of them comes so far over the path you have to be careful not to take your eye out. They are in desperate need of pruning….please could someone tell me how to do this? They need deadheading for sure (I also don’t know how to do this) but they also need to be cut back, they’re too big at the moment. xx

      1. I’m not in the least bit green fingered Sarah and often get in trouble with Edd for hacking things back! However, I have been assured that you need to get some sharp secateurs and begin to trim back the bush. Cut at an angle about five inches down from the bud, or more if your rose has got too large which I think may be the case. With any deadwood cut it right back. To deadhead just gently snap off the old rose or cut off. Hope that helps xx

      1. Edd will be pleased his gardening tips are helping. Now I just need to get him to actually do them in our garden! x

    3. I really need to get out in my garden and prune but we are away this weekend so it’s going to have to be a job for next weekend. If anyone needs help with pruning I can heartily recommend this book: RHS Pruning Plant by Plant ( My mum recommended it to me and my mother-in-law then got it after flicking through it at our house. Both of them are way, way better at gardening than me so I may get them to come and help with the pruning though.

      1. Oooh, must take a peek at this. Then I can help Edd without him telling me off for cutting back plants that I shouldn’t cut back! x

    4. Ah, we have mice and slugs. Joys of living in the countryside. I use humane homemade traps for the mice ( make sure you take them a mile away as they come back! And ignore the guilt of breaking up a little mouse family!) and I use 2p for the slugs. Works a treat.
      Hopefully the rain will stop for a clear up in the garden. Love the gardening posts!

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