What to do this month

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Es­tab­lish a mini or­chard, cut back climb­ing roses and plant bare­root shrubs

Tra­di­tion­al­ists hold that tulips should be planted a month or so af­ter daf­fodils, once the tem­per­a­ture has dropped, be­cause tulips are prone to a soil-borne fun­gal dis­ease called tulip fire. Some hor­ti­cul­tural sources say it’s less of a prob­lem once the ground is cold, but crit­ics ar­gue there’s no ev­i­dence for this. Ei­ther way, Novem­ber is a good month to get plant­ing them – there should still be enough dry frost-free days for the soil to be work­able but it should be feel­ing colder. Plant tulips deeply, at least three times the height of the bulb, with the pointy end fac­ing up­wards.

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