Now that Halloween’s done for and Bonfire Night is either about to happen or fizzled out (depending on when you’re reading this), it’s time to look to November planting. The wind’s picked up so consider planting bigger plants a little deeper to stop them uprooting, or be prepared to stake them well if fencing shelter isn’t a possibility.
We’ve got a no-nonsense allotment jobs post if you prefer your garden info in lists, but otherwise it’s time to get November digging and planting. Winter’s approaching, so there’s a lot of next-year planning in here!
And be warned – the first frosts are due soon. Get those soft plants covered or indoors at nighttime!
You’ll hear us talking about Helleborus more and more as winter proper and Christmas creep ever-closer. Known as ‘Winter Roses’, it’s easy to see why. Colourful in the depths of winter, they’re well-suited to our British weather and look lovely in a small pot outside the window.
There’s still a couple of weeks to get spring-flowering bulbs in the ground before the frost and cold makes working the ground too tough to be worth it for little bulbs. You can try a bulb lasagne in a pot with fresh, loose compost if November gets away from you – check out Mr Plant Geek’s video guide to getting it done!
Ready to spring to life in…spring, bare-root roses are ready to go into the ground for some hardy overwintering. They might look a little bland now (out of flowering season), but if you get them planted now you can have a spring, summer and autumn full of colour. Climbers, bushes, hybrid teas and more – there’s all sorts of different roses you could be planting right now.
Coming into their own in spring and summer, ornamental trees are known for beautiful blooms, lush colours and improving year after year. Like fruit trees, the sooner they go in the ground the sooner they can start reaching out those roots to cope with strong winds and frost.
Bare Root Fruit
If you saw your neighbours’ harvests this year, you might have your sights set on a fruit tree for next year. Plant now for root overwintering and decent growth ahead of the next fruiting season, with desserts, ciders, juices and pure fruits all on the cards in 2022. They might also play a part in our upcoming Green Friday deals, so stay tuned for new on that one!