What will a mild Autumn 2016 mean for November’s Monthly Gardening Tips

This time last year we were getting ready to adjust our wardrobe for cold winds and damp dreary days! As November approaches we have to ask ourselves! What will a mild Autumn  2016 mean for November’s Monthly Gardening Tips? We have experienced a long, dry autumn and as the temperatures begin to drop it will soon be time to dig out the winter thermals and wooly jumpers.

As fine weather Gardeners find alternative household chores and DIY to occupy themselves through the Garden’s so called dormant months, it falls on us hardy folk to set about tending to our Garden with increased vigour and a determined stride.

So dig out those wellingtons, put your winter socks on the radiator and get set to tame the elements, making use of the crisp dry days to work in the Garden and those wet, dank days to prepare and plan for success in 2015.

If your following our month by month Garden jobs, then grab your coat and come join me and the team in the Garden.

If you have an area devoted to wild flowers November is a good time to scarify the grass and sow wild flowers for next year.
If you have an area devoted to wild flowers November is a good time to scarify the grass and sow wild flowers for next year.

Stored vegetables need to be checked regularly, ensure you provide the right conditions for your various types produce.
Stored vegetables need to be checked regularly, ensure you provide the right conditions for your various types produce.
Bulbs planted in November can be kept cool and forced for early Spring flowering in decorative bowls or baskets.
Bulbs planted in November can be kept cool and forced for early Spring flowering in decorative bowls or baskets. Try planting Hyacinths, Muscari and Amaryliss for home decoration.
Don't leave it too late check your guttering and downpipes before they get blocked.
Don’t leave it too late check your guttering and downpipes before they get blocked and cause flood damage.
Aerate the lawn before the ground gets to wet, a generous dressing of leaf mould or lawn top dressing will improve the condition of your grass.
Aerate the lawn before the ground gets to wet, a generous dressing of leaf mould or lawn top dressing will improve the condition of your grass.
Pruning and trying of wall climbers and shrubs is an essential job in November. Securing branches to training wires will prevent wind damage to delicate stems.
Pruning and trying of wall climbers and shrubs is an essential job in November. Securing branches to training wires will prevent wind damage to delicate stems.
Pruning roses and removing dead, diseased and damaged stems will help reduce overwintering pests and diseases.
Pruning roses and removing dead, diseased and damaged stems will help reduce overwintering pests and diseases.
A late Autumn means you still have time to sow green manure but best be quick if you want a green carpet through the winter months.
A late Autumn means you still have time to sow green manure but best be quick if you want a green carpet through the winter months
Rearing it's ugly head in late Autumn is Box blight, good hygiene is essential to keep this destructive disease in check.
Rearing it’s ugly head in late Autumn is Box blight, good hygiene is essential to keep this destructive disease in check.
Planting of bulbs should be coming to an end in November finish with Alliums and Eremus tubers.
Planting of bulbs should be coming to an end in November finish with Alliums and Eremus tubers.

Gardening through the 2016 Winter months is more than just a physical challenge, it takes a well organised mind to plan a schedule of jobs for the coldest months of the year! Setting about scheduling, planning and creating layouts for crop rotation, seed sowing, propagation and winter maintenance requires both time and a focused mind.

Preparation for Winter during the first part of November, relies on the elements, often the first frosts arrive to remind us that it’s time to put many of our delicate plants to bed, to turn up the thermostat and protect delicate shrubs and perennials.

Stephen raised on a farm in Mid Wales, trained in horticulture under apprenticeship with the National Trust and has worked in several prestigious locations around the world. Today as Head gardener for a large private estate on the outskirts of London, a keen plantsman, horticulturalist and nature lover. Managing large formal gardens, growing a huge range of fruit, vegetables and homemade produce for the estate residents. Stephen with assistance from a team of professional garden and farm staff, cares for livestock, including cattle, sheep, poultry and horses, completes property maintenance and grounds management.

Stephen believes knowledge is to be shared and thanks to some amazing mentors in his career path hopes to be able to share this knowledge with others like you and your friends all he asks in return is that you find the time to leave a brief comment and share socially with your friends.

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