As the gardening year starts to draw to an end, the amount of work to be done outdoors gradually decreases. So far this month my gardening time has been spent clearing up and putting away, rather than looking ahead to next year’s flowers and harvest. But it’s not all about putting things to bed for the winter this month, there is still some planting to be done in November if you feel like a more uplifting task in your garden. Here are some ideas for what to plant now.
Spring flowering bulbs
If you haven’t quite got round to planting spring flowering bulbs yet, it’s not too late and they really do make such a difference to the amount of interest in your garden at the end of Winter. Think about making a container bulb lasagne too, this is a brilliant way to get a long display of flowers for minimal effort.
Autumn is a good time to plant rhubarb crowns – these are established plants that will produce a crop next year. Rhubarb is pretty low-maintenance but it will thrive in well-drained soil in a sunny spot; it doesn’t like being moved though so choose your spot carefully and if you can, add plenty of manure to the planting hole to give it a good start. Avoid planting rhubarb into very wet or frozen soil; if the weather is bad where you live it might be best to wait until next spring.
A pot of hyacinths is a brilliant way to bring colour and scent into your home in the early months of the year, to do this you need to plant them now. Check out my guide on forcing bulbs for planting details.
Now this is a crop that I haven’t grown before, but we’re going to give it a go indoors this winter with a windowsill kit. Indoor mushroom kits usually include everything you need plus easy instructions, I think they’re a great way to keep the kids involved in growing their own food during the colder months.
Sweet peas can be sown at a number of times during the year, autumn is a good time to get them started though. Sowing now allows the plants to get established before winter, so they are ready to plant out earlier than if you wait until spring to sow them. Sweet pea seedlings will need some protection from cold weather once it arrives; a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame is fine. They are great seeds for children to sow because they are quite big and easy to handle.
Will you be planting anything this month? Or are you tidying up and heading indoors to plan for next year’s garden? Let me know what you’re up to in the comments.