What to do this month
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.