Pack away for winter

November is an ideal time to make sure your garden tools and structures are cleaned and stored safely so they are ready to be used next year.

Clean lawnmowers and hedgetrimmers, and remember to drain out any fuel, as unleaded petrol doesn’t keep. It’s also a good time to send all machines in for a service. Clean and sharpen secateurs ready for pruning deciduous trees and shrubs over the winter, and install garden lighting to sheds, greenhouses and outhouses, so that you can garden on wet days and in the evenings. And clean out water butts if not yet done, while making sure all standpipes and irrigation lines are drained.

It’s harvest time

There are still plenty of crops to harvest in the garden in November. Leeks, carrots, cauliflowers, beetroot, turnips and Swedes are ready to come up, along with Brussels sprouts which can then be stored ready for Christmas dinner. Parsnips can be left in the ground until needed, or lifted and then buried in a shallow trench for easy access when needed. They taste better when frosted. Celeriac can also be left in the ground for now, but do protect them from the cold with a thick mulch of straw, bracken, or other suitable material. Other vegetables ready to be harvested include Jerusalem artichokes, spinach, Swiss chard and kohl rabi.

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Quality craft at Harlow Carr

There is a huge, fabulous selection of modern craft from local craftspeople on sale at RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s Christmas Craft Fair. Made by hand and sold by the maker, items include beautiful jewellery, handbags, textiles, felt and woodwork. There’s also photography on show to buy, as well as skincare, bath and spa products. The craft fair runs from 8-24 November in the Bath House, 10am – 3pm.

Inspirational grasses, lawn care, and more jobs to do right now

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