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Jobs For November

Jobs For November In The Garden:

1.COLLECT SEEDS: It is best to harvest and store your own seeds in the middle of a sunny day, when moisture levels are at their lowest. Only harvest ripe seeds that look hard and brown. Store them in paper bags or envelopes; label these with the name of the plant and the harvest date, then snip the seed head off and place the whole thing into the envelope. When you are ready to sort, working envelope by envelope, tip the contents onto a tray and gently remove any chaff. Tip the seeds back into the envelope, seal and store in a dry container.

2.FEED THE BIRDS; This time of year, our garden visitors need all the energy that they can get to help them get through the colder months to come. You can help by putting out bird feeders and a supply of fresh water. We have a range of feeders and feedsto help you make a difference to our garden birds.

3.PLANT BARE ROOT HEDGING & FRUIT; We have a full range of bare root hedging and fruit trees in stock. Now is the time to plant and buying them like this is the most cost-effective way to buy them. Email us at sales@beechmount.ie with the length and name of hedge you want to plant and I will email back with sizes and prices.

4.GREENHOUSE/TUNNEL; Plan ahead now for planting in the Spring. Add farmyard manure now to your raised vegetable beds where you will plant root crops like carrots and parsnips.

5.DIVIDE PERENNIAL PLANTS: Dividing these plants will help to re-energise them, encouraging them to reboot, to grow back next year with more vigour and true to form once more. If any or all of the plants look as though nothing will restore them to their former glory – although one hopes the latter will not be the case – then be ruthless and take them out altogether and replace them with something else.

6.PRUNE BOUNDRY HEDGING: Now is a great time to cut back evergreen and deciduous hedges. The birds will have flown the nest so it’s safe to do so. Make sure all your tools are clean and have no diseases from previous use. This stops the spreading of any diseases.

7.PLANT BULBS: Now is the time to plant Spring flowering bulbs. They can be planted in the ground or dwarf varieties are ideal for pots. See our bulbs section for all information.

8.BEDDING PLANTS: If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to replant your hanging baskets and containers with Winter plants. There is a full range of foliage plants and flowering plants that can be planted now which are hardy enough to survive our Irish weather.

9.TENDER SUMMER BULBS: If you don’t have your tender summer bulbs such as gladioli and dahlias lifted, do now and store in a cool, dry place. Traditionally this is the month to cut back perennials, but a new school of thought says leaving the dead stems is good for wildlife and may also provide protection for the roots. Traditionalists will claim the stems harbour pests and diseases. Horticulturally it makes little difference when they’re cut back as long as it’s done before new growth starts next spring.

10.VEGETABLES: Garlic bulbs and onion sets should be planted now, along with shallots and rhubarb stools.

11.LAWN : Clean away any fallen and dead leaves, if left on the lawn it could damage it. Have you a problem with moss in your lawn? Then apply a layer of lime to your grass now, this will help to regulate the pH in your soil. Moss does not like a high pH and this will weaken the moss, so it will help to keep it at bay over the Winter months. In Spring you can then apply a layer of high potassium fertiliser to your lawn, this will feed your grass and eliminate the rest of the moss.  It sounds all very technical but don’t worry we are always here to help, just call in or call us on 046902710, alternatively email us at sales@beechmount.ie