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What to do NOW: November 12 - November 18

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Trees, Shrubs and Roses

  • Planting of bare-root deciduous trees, hedging and shrubs can continue during dry weather.
  • Evergreens can still be planted but on an exposed site where severe witner winds might dry out the foliage,  it would be best to wait until spring for planting.
  • Rose bushes can be planted now, but not in wet soil.
  • All kinds of pot-grown trees and shrubs can also be planted, of course.
  • Check that all climbers or wall shrubs are properly tied in.

More on Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Easy Care Trees | Shrubs | Hedges | Mixed borders



  • Before really hard frost arrives, dahlias, begonias and gladiolus growing gardens in frosty localities should be lifted to prevent damage, or covered with soil in milder areas.
  • Spring bulbs should be in the ground by now but should be planted if not; tulips react less badly to later planting.
  • Bedding plants for spring colour should be put in now, if not already done. 
  • Bulbs in pots to be forced for indoor use can be taken out of the ground and into a greenhouse or cool bright area indoors and then into a warmer place to flower.

More on Flowers

Easy Care Perennial flowers | Flower beds | Rockery | Containers



  • If moss is obvious, lawn mosskiller can still be used. Otherwise, the moss will grow strongly until summer and will build up in thickness..
  • Trim edges of a lawn, even if it not mowed to leave it looking neat over winter.
  • Occasional mowing in winter is a good idea if the soil is not too wet. Grass tends to grow a little over winter and an occasional mowing will keep it right.

More on Lawns

Easy Care Lawns

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

  • This is the ideal time for planting new fruit trees and bushes as the soil is usually in ideal condition.
  • Dig over vegetable ground, removing old crops, or chopping them up and burying them as you dig. 
  • Store vegetables that can be over-wintered in a pit or cool shed.
  • Control weeds over areas of ground that will be dug over later in winter. Spread compost before digging in.

More on Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Easy Care Fruit growing | Vegetables | Herbs

Greenhouse and House Plants

Greenhouse and House Plants

  • Remove all debris and dead plants and ventilate occasionally.
  • Water very little to reduce the risk of grey mould disease.
  • Set up a greenhouse frost protection heater to protect tender plants, such as geraniums or fuchsias.

More on Greenhouse and House Plants

Easy Care Greenhouse growing


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