Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Jayne's Topical Tips

Jobs for November
Broad beans can still be sown until mid November, best sown in pots and planted out when 10cm tall. Now is a good time to clear the garden or allotment before the really wintery weather sets in. Remove yellowing cabbage or Brussels sprouts leaves and any plant debris to prevent homes for over-wintering pests and diseases. On empty ground you can mulch with some well rotted manure and leave for the worms to work their magic. Pot up bulbs for Christmas presents or just to enjoy in the garden. If you have the bulbs given out by Julie at the November meeting, they should be planted by the 8th November according to the instructions. If you have tulip bulbs they should have been planted out by now. Prune your roses to prevent wind-rock. Cover brassicas with netting if you have a pigeon problem. Insulate your greenhouse with bubbles wrap to protect the plants inside from frost. If you have fruits trees, stop winter moth damage by putting grease bands round the trunks. Plant bush, cane and tree fruit while the ground is still soft. Plant garlic and onions. Don’t forget to feed the wild birds and keep plenty of water available for them for washing and drinking remembering to check it has not frozen over.