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10 tips for gardeners in November

Get more tips from the gardening team.

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  1. November is the traditional time to plant deciduous trees and shrubs.
  2. Prune and/or train deciduous trees to keep them growing in the desired direction.
  3. Mulch bare vegetable areas to prevent winter rain from washing nutrients out of the soil. You should also mulch over dormant perennials to protect them from winter cold.
  4. Sow 'green manure', such as caliente mustard, as it will add nutrients to the soil and also keep weeds down.
  5. Lift tender bulbs and plant them inside before the frost catches them.
  6. Protect bigger tender plants in preparation for the winter; you can use fleece and straw.
  7. Dig out any remaining beetroots, potatoes or carrots before the frost gets them.
  8. Tidy up twigs, leaves and weeds but try not to over tidy! Dead seed heads and grasses add winter texture, look lovely in the frost and provide shelter for wintering insects.
  9. If you want to go a step further, provide stylish, welcoming habitats for wildlife. Check out our range of wildlife hotels or make one with the kids.
  10. Start planning for Christmas: collect dried seed heads and cones to decorate the house, and plant paper-whites for scented table centres. 

With thanks to Catherine Cutler.