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November in the Garden

Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs
I love fall!  The joy of being outdoors and enjoying how beautiful the natural world is. With the trees cloaked in their fall colour, why not take a bit more time to enjoy your garden. I recently read that,

just five minutes of exercise in a park, working in a backyard garden, a nature trail, or other green space will benefit your mental health.[i] 
That is pretty amazing.  Not to mention the exercise, curb appeal and veggies you get!
Raking leaves, liming your lawn and a good general tidying are wonderful autumn chores but what else is there to do at this time of year? 
Add trees to your yard 
Fall is just about the best time to add trees to your yard. What makes November great is that the trees are going dormant making it the least stressful time for transplanting.  You might decide to add fruit trees for summer harvests, a flowering tree such as magnolia, hawthorn or dogwood, fall colour trees or a shade tree for privacy and well, shade.
Plant hedging for privacy
Privacy is one of those things that when you want it, you want it now. If you need more privacy in your garden, you probably wish you had a mature hedge. So don't let another year go by without getting that hedge planted.   When you choose plants for your hedge there are considerations to be made:-
1.      Does your hedge need to be deer resistant?
2.      How tall will you want it to be when it is full size? 
3.      Do you prefer a conifer hedge (needles and cones) or a broadleaf evergreen hedge such as boxwood, escallonia or English laurel?
Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs
Daffodils, tulips, crocus, allium, bluebells and hyacinth can all added to the garden or planted in containers in October and November. Planting spring-blooming bulbs is one of the most fantastic fall activities. So easy to pop into the ground and then when Spring comes - Wow!
Become the King or Queen of the Compost
One of the best (and cheapest) ways to have a great garden and beautiful plants is to have plenty of homemade compost for planting and adding to your veggie patch.  Making compost is all about layering and worms.  Good stuff goes in; fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, old potting soil, grass clippings and soft plant trimmings, fall leaves and great stuff comes out. If you have little ones in your life, take them "Glogging".  When we were all kids, my sister coined the term with my brother.  Glogging is to go out walking on a rainy day with gum boots, rain coats and a bucket and collect the worms that come out onto the pavement to take home to your compost.  More worms = better compost.
Spread Seaweed on your garden
Seaweed is good for your garden.  We sell it dry and ready to apply, but you can also collect your own.  Remember to wash the salt off it before adding it to your garden.  You can hose it off in your bucket or wheelbarrow or leave it spread out somewhere, away from your garden, and let the rain rinse it. 
Bring the beauty of gardening indoors
Amaryllis, hyacinth and paperwhite bulbs are easy to grow and will add a fresh feeling of something new and something growing to your living space.  Potting-up any of these will take you very little time but for weeks to come you will be rewarded their beauty. These bulbs also make great gifts.  Try potting some up now to give as hostess gifts for Christmas parties next month.  
Light up your garden with Christmas lights
When it comes time to put up your Christmas lights, you might consider lighting up your trees.  I always love when the Christmas lights on Shoppers Row go up.  One of the things I love about winter is seeing the outline of magnificent trees.  There is much to be learned about growing and pruning trees from standing back and observing the form of mature trees.
I hope you have time to enjoy the great outdoors - even just 5 minutes! 


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[i] Environ. Sci. Technol., 2010, 44 (10), pp 3947-3955DOI: 10.1021/es903183rPublication Date (Web): March 25, 2010Copyright © 2010 American Chemical Society