It might be dark by 5.00pm, it might feel like the garden is settling down for Winter hibernation - but in actual fact there are plenty of jobs in the garden in November as it is the start of the growing season. Chef staples, such as garlic and shallots need your attention right now - it couldn't be easier...
Jobs In The Garden In November...
Top 5 Jobs - Fruit
1. Fan Trained Trees
Now is the time to prune your existing trained trees - be brave and the tree will thank you in Summer.
2. Prune, prune, prune
Established fruit trees need a cut now - pears, apples and quince all need a prune to allow air flow and create form - meaning better crops.
3. Soft Fruit Shuffle
It was a good year for blackcurrants and gooseberries - but to help ensure the same again next year, prune to allow air flow.
4. Month of the Moth
Protect your fruit trees from the onset of Winter Moth damage, but adding grease bands to the trunks right now.
5. Time To Go Inside
If you have lemon, orange or olive trees outside, now is the time to bring them in, to ensure enough warmth to provent damage.
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Plant Out Garlic
But be quick - get your garlic in now for a early flush come late spring. Remember to net, as young shoots are irresistable to birds.
2. Plant Out Shallots
Shallots do better if they are planted in October or November. Plant bulbs pointed-end up, so that they're just poking out and net them off.
3. Pot On
Now's your last chance to re-pot any herbs you may having growing in your garden. Be brave, split herbs into new pots and bring inside.
4. Jack Frost Is Coming
Any pots of herbs you may have outside, will soon need to come inside - especially french tarragon and any asian herbs.
5. It's A Wrap
As the frost sets in on a nightly basis, make sure to wrap up your pots all safe and sound with bubble-wrap and put in your greenhouse.
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. Dig Up Jerusalem Artichokes
Once stems are black, cut down stalks to ground level and then harvest roots as and when you need them. Delicious roasted or made into soup.
2. Peas and Beans
Why wait until Spring? Get your peas and broad beans in now and you'll get an earlier (and healthier) crop come mid Spring.
3. Brussels Sprouts
A chef's favourite, you can now harvest the tops (delicious shredded with black pepper). Also make sure to remove all yellow leaves.
4. Frost-loving Harvest
Now's the time to start harvesting all of those frost loving veggies - Winer Cabbage, Leek and our particular favourite - parsnips.
5. Crowning Glory
Time to lift and split your rhubarb crowns - if your's are three years old or more, then lift, split and replant for even more stalks come April.