November gardening can be just as enjoyable as summer gardening. You just have to make the most of every dry day.
November means cutting the lawn for the final time. As soon as your grass is dry, cut it, because you do not know when your next opportunity will be. Cutting it also saves raking up leaves because they all end up in the mower box and compost heap.
Trees are finally leafless, no more weekly leaf raking. Just leave your leaves to compost without turning them.
Now the trees are bare you can see what needs cutting out. I have an electric chain saw multi-tool that allows me to saw off branches 12 feet high. The small branches are turned into wood chip for next autumn and the large ones are left to season and dry out then sawn up for firewood next September. Pile up your wood chips in a corner and you might help out a few hedgehogs looking for winter shelter.
Dry days are days to move your construction projects along. I have 5 tonnes of pebbles to barrow around to my paths. I also need to tidy up/rebuild the path around my rose garden, clear another weed bed and mend my compost heaps.
It is finally time to say goodbye to your petunias and begonias. Bring your begonia bulbs inside and plant them again in spring. Empty out your hanging baskets and refill them with violas and pansies to give you winter colour.
Dig up your dahlias as soon as they are hit by frost. Don’t separate the small tubers, just lift the whole clump together and leave it in one piece. Keep your Dahlia tubers on a frost-free location that is still cool and replant them in April. I keep mine under a bench in an interior porch.
Sawing up firewood is a daily dry weather job through the winter for most people. If you use a bow saw the exercise keeps you warm. Gather twigs on dry days and keep them in a wheelie bin ready for lighting the fire.
Leave seed heads on annuals and shrubs to provide food for your birds, even if it does make your garden look untidy.