What to do now in November

Jobs to do………in November

  • Continue to water winter crops if needed
  • Add the remaining vegetation to the compost heap
  • Continue to collect leaves and add to the leaf mould heap. They will need at least 12-18 months to rot down before they can be used effectively. Alternatively, add leaves to black bags that have a few holes cut into them add a little water and leave in a secluded area for about 12-18 months
  • Continue to check over crops that you have stored from previous months, to ensure that they will last you through the winter months
  • Cover late crop vegetables that are not winter hardy such as salads and oriental leaves
  • Check brassicas for whitefly
  • Continue to hoe all weeds where possible
  • Dismantle supports that were used for climbing beans and peas
  • Remove dead leaves from winter brassicas
  • Dig over the soil and add a thick layer of well rotted manure. Don’t worry too much about big clods of earth as the frost will break these down
  • Gather and store the remaining apples and pears
  • If you haven’t already done so, dig trenches for next spring
  • Give the greenhouse a good clean making sure that you clean your plant pots and seed trays for next spring
  • Continue to lift and store main crop carrots and turnips
  • Pick autumn raspberries
  • Prune fruit trees such as pears and apples while they are still dormant.
  • Prune blackcurrant bushes. Branches that have borne fruit should be pruned to soil level
  • Plant garlic cloves if not already done so
  • Harvest any remaining herbs to dry and store
  • Protect clay pots with fleece or bubble wrap or placing in a greenhouse or shed.
  • Protect brassicas with net from damage by birds

What to sow………Indoors

  • Sow broad beans and overwintering peas
  • Sow sweet peas in a cold greenhouse

What to sow………Outdoors

  • Green manures
  • Broad beans
  • Hardy peas
  • Garlic
  • Autumn onion sets

What to plant………in November

  • Spring cabbages
  • Winter salad crops – protected by some sort of cloche
  • Plant rhubarb sets
  • Fruit bushes are best planted now
  • Bare-root, container-grown trees and bare-root roses while they are still dormant
  • Spring flowering bulbs

Crops in season now

Broccoli (Sprouting)
Brussels sprouts (tops)
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Cranberries
French Beans (for drying)
Kale
Kohl Rabi
Jerusalem Artichokes
Leeks
Lettuce
Parsnips
Raspberries
Spinach
Swede
Swiss chard
Turnips
Winter Radish

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7 Responses to What to do now in November

  1. MrsYub says:

    Fantastic list! How many of these are going into your garden? I am looking hopefully at my early tomatoes and corn. If I’m very fortunate they will keep growing enthusiastically, yay! Also pumpkins, zukhini and cucumbers. But mainly we have a fight with the slugs and snails, though I am zinning right now! YESSSssssss!

    • I’ve already got a number of these growing successfully such as garlic onions, spring cabbages, turnips and I plan on starting my sweet peas in the greenhouse in the next couple of weeks. The war with slugs is a constant battle. Try adding a thick layer of grit or crushed egg shells. Good for both the soil and the plants but not so good for slugs!

      • MrsYub says:

        Yes, eggshells work fab, but the sheer quantity I need to protect my produce is beyond my purse 😦 I discovered that it took three dozen eggs to safely protect my four ‘golden nugget’ pumkins vines. I’m working on it, but in the meantime I must fall back on my trustly snail pellets. Nothing else blocks the enormous quantity that falls on my patch everynight. You know? Seriously! We have suicide snails! Snails that die and make a path for other snails to crawl safely over their cold dead shells to get at mine plant!!! Dude! So not cool!!!

      • Suicide snails!!!! I love it! I’ve got visions of snails coming out in ninja suits in packs into your garden at night!:-) hahaha

  2. MrsYub says:

    Oh yes, and now imagine the putrid smelling bubbling goo they become when the touch the pellets, and the poor staved snails that so desperatly need the food are endging their way over the dead shells of friends and family that care enough to give their lives for these snails to eat!!!!!!!!!

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