November

November has an average maximum temperature of 23.5°C, and an average minimum temperature of 9.7°C. November has an average rainfall of 58.7mm.

What to do this month

  • Apply a wetting agent to gardens and lawns for the long dry summer. These agents last six months and help to prevent the soil from becoming hydrophobic and repelling water from the soil profile.
  • Trim evergreen shrubs and hedges and give them a good helping of fertiliser.
  • Trimming Buxus plants and hedges encourages dense growth, but make sure this is done before the heat, as new growth can suffer from sunburn.
  • Now is the time to fertilise your Gardenias with an Azalea, Camellia and Gardenia fertiliser. This will encourage summer flowers.
  • Plant new roses. Potted roses are arriving in store this month.
  • Roses need to be checked for insect or fungal problems. When deadheading, cut back to a strong bud to produce the next flush of flowers. For prolonged flowering, continue deadheading through the season.
  • Natives can be lightly pruned after flowering to encourage bushy growth. Your Grevilleas will love a spring clipping!
  • Watering may need to be increased with warmer weather and drying winds. Keep on top of weeds. This can be achieved by mulching, manual removal or planting groundcovers.

Vegetables

  • Deep watering twice a week and regular fertilising will keep plants in good condition. This will keep your plants growing strongly and they will be less susceptible to pests and disease.
  • Why not try planting coloured vegetables? Purple carrots, green cauliflowers, red cabbages and rainbow silver beet. Eat some colours!

Sow

  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Melon
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Silver beet
  • Squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini

Plant

  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Chilli
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Silver beet
  • Spring onions
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Harvest

  • Asian greens
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Shallots
  • Spinach

Flowers and bulbs

  • Plant Alyssum, Amaranthus, Cosmos, Marigold, Petunia, Phlox, Portulaca, Salvia, Sunflower, Verbena, Vinca and Zinnia.
  • Deadhead annuals and remove any that are past their best. Remove spring annuals and prepare areas for summer and autumn plantings at end of month.
  • Tie Sweet Peas and pick flowers regularly to encourage more blooms.
  • Tall Bearded Irises can be divided now if it hasn’t been done for a few years.
  • Continue to plant Dahlia tubers. Cuttings can be taken from growing plants.
  • Water and feed container-grown plants regularly.
  • Slow release fertilisers are particularly useful in the garden.
  • Water Lilies will make an ordinary water feature look amazing!
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