November In The Garden



It is that time of year… some say it’s bloody depressing. But I like it. I don’t know why particularly… maybe it’s that I get home [a little] earlier… maybe it’s that I get to burn the timber that I have mamaged to amalgamate over the last eight months or so… I don’t know. 😉

To the garden… mine and yours, this is probably the most important month/ season, for me, in the entire calender. It is what I do here that will pay most dividends come next season. So once again, this is what will I be doing in my garden this month and what I recommend you do in yours…

new plant trees trees ireland trees dublin

Top of my list is my trees. I’m now in a position where they can be cut back without all of that foliage in the way and so some crown raising will take place [removing of the lower branches…]. I’ve also got a batch that served a purpose until the others surrounding them matured and so I’ve got to move some and relocate others… if I don’t do it this year I am literally up the creek and next year it will become an impossible task. Stakes and straps at the ready….

berry fruits birds fruit cotoneaster-1

With the trees in mind and leave fall in place… it is time once again for the bird feeders to go back out. That and I need to get some other types of berrying plants into the garden to help those birds who don’t go to sunnier spots for their winter hols. Looks like a trip to farm supplies shop is looming….. or do I still have some in the shed…

In other news…. 😯 The apples on my trees had started to drop. It is at this point that the apples are about as ready as you will get…. I’ve picked them all now – except for the smaller fruits [about the size of a plum as they won’t taste so good – best leave them to nature]. Once again when the leaves fall off some select pruning will be required, removing dead and diseased wood and then the branches that over cross each other. If you planted yours in the last two years  make sure the straps and buckles aren’t too tight.

winter-colour colourful pots cyclamen 

If you are looking for some instant colour you’ll find there’s tonnes of it to be found – don’t those pots just cheer you right up 🙂 Some instant colour – from the plant department can however be bought in the form of ornamental cabbages and cyclamens. Add them to existing beds that need a little sprucing or redo those hanging baskets you took down last month…. g’wan you deserve to treat yourself!!

hedges lavender creative

Outside of that you [and I] still have to get those hedges cut… the plants still need to be trimmed back… and with that done… the mulch has to go down. This will leave the garden pretty much with its groove back on so it doesn’t look like a brand spanking new hair cut… more a well maintained garden, come Nanny & Poppa calling around for turkey and mulled wine for the celebrations December 25th 😉

Finally, trees and bulbs!! and finally [finally 😆 ]… herbs. Crop them and what you can’t dry store… pop them in ice cube trays… pour water on top and freeze. You’ll need them for cooking that big bird in a months time and believe me there once you move from dry herbs to fresh…. you’ll never go back. 

Have I forgotten anything…. leave me a note and I’ll add it to the list.


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5 replies
  1. David Quaid
    David Quaid says:

    What can be done about lawns? I’ve left mine a little late to cut before then rainy season (which has started) and being 99.999% clay, its waterlogged.

    I’ve been trying to add top soil and different composts to try to create a better drainage, and under the little stepping stones I’ve dug 30cmx30cmx30cm wells and filled them with excess decorative stones but they dont seem to fill up with the water from the surrounding clay under the grass

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:


    you put your feet up there and i’ll be around in a little lol 🙂

    bearing in mind I haven’t seen your garden…

    in short… if you have a high water table or you are in low lying ground – then you are pretty much stumped to an extent. That said the problem can be alleviated by forking [nice and deep] and then infilling with sand or and pebble.

    *If the problem is that bad…[?] you may wish to consider drainage…? That said, lawn problems will always exist and I prefer to fork it… if garden problems [like computers 😉 ] didn’t exist life would be pretty dull… 😆

    all the best

  3. David Quaid
    David Quaid says:

    Would there be any grass types that would fair better? would there be any plants, like cordolines, that one could plant to help improve drainage or would survive better?

    Maybe a good question would be: what should I avoid? Roses, palms etc?

  4. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara David,

    i’ll try this as a step by step kind-of-an answer

    Would there be any grass types that would fair better?

    ….in short david you can literally get any kind of grass seed you want now. Obviously you’d be loooking for a deep rooting type. Not too sure if the average garden centre would stock this…?

    would there be any plants, like cordolines, that one could plant to help improve drainage or would survive better?

    this depends on how big ones garden is. Whilst the likes of the gunnera for eg are from the ‘wet loving’ plant range – trees are always the answer for me. simple but true. If you have a garden where a cordyline would fit in, then yes I suppose so but I would suggest buying it a lttle more mature.

    Maybe a good question would be: what should I avoid? Roses, palms etc?

    ….in very simple terms… anything that is overly expensive and may fail. Of course there is always a chance of that happening with any plant.

    I hope this helps… ? Any probs you have my number – just hollar 🙂

    slán go foill

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