(Editor’s note: Welcome to our new gardening series written by Wellie. Her gardening tips will appear monthly on Chandler’s Ford Today.)
Jobs to do as winter approaches and the garden quietens.
Rake up leaves on the lawn.
Tie-in long whippy shoots of climbers and wall shrubs.
Prune roses to prevent wind-rock.
Plant tulip bulbs now, once other spring bulbs are in, thereby lessening their chance of being infected by the fungal disease Tulip blight.
Fix grease bands on fruit trees to protect against winter moth, (if not done last month).
Spray peach and nectarine trees against peach leaf curl. Plant garlic cloves and shallots, (if not done last month).
Lift and divide rhubarb crowns.
Start winter pruning apple and pear trees.
The first week in November is traditionally the time to make sowings of peas and broad beans. Prune Acer (maple) species now to avoid them bleeding from the cut stems once the sap rises in the spring. Keep feeding wild birds.
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