Make the most of spells of good weather to prepare your garden for next year. suggests some key jobs to do in your garden now
THERE are often dry and sunny days during November and the winter months, so enjoy some time in your garden. If you intend to create new flowerbeds, lawns or have a vegetable patch, this is the ideal time to dig the ground. Don’t dig if it is frosty or if the soil is so wet it sticks to your boots.
November to March is also the time to plant bare-root deciduous trees, shrubs and roses. Bare-root plants are grown in the ground and then dug up when dormant and supplied without soil. They are cheaper than those raised in pots, so are useful for those on a tight budget and with larger spaces to fill. Suppliers can be found on the internet or via mail-order.
November is the time to plant tulip bulbs. When planting in clay soil, set on a layer of grit and treat