Our green-thumbed expert Meredith Kirton shares her must-do gardening list for November.
A what-to-do-now list from expert Meredith Kirton.
GARDEN ADVICE WEEK 1
Murraya blooms three times a year, so after the November flowering trim straggly growth and apply blood and bone to the drip line of each plant.
Display a flowering branch of frangipani out of water indoors for weeks. But first leave it outside for a few hours until the milky white sap has stopped bleeding.
After its spring flowering, trim back Chinese star jasmine with hedging shears – but remember to wear gloves and glasses as the sap can be irritating.
Mulch fragrant gardenias well and feed regularly with gardenia food or spray monthly with Epsom salts dissolved in water. Trim spent flowers just below the bud for an autumn flush.
IN THE VEGIE PATCH WEEK 1
As the weather warms, grow leafy greens in a sheltered position. Cover lettuce with a cloche or shade cloth to prevent it bolting into flower and going to seed, which makes it taste bitter.
To reduce the chance of disease in your tomato plants, pinch off the laterals – or internal shoots – as they grow, and remove the lower leaves.
Anchor beans, potatoes and leeks by hilling or slightly mounding soil around their stems. Pick beans as they crop: the more you cut the more you’ll reap.
Sacrifice a few zucchini so you can eat the flowers instead. They’re delicious lightly battered and fried, or stuffed with herbed cheese and steamed.
Capsicum Cucumber Broccoli Strawberries Squash
A pot of oregano, rosemary or sage is a practical pressie.
Fuss-free frangipani For stunning and fragrant blooms, give this tropical beauty sandy soil, sun and not too much water.