Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

November Gardening

Summer is approaching fast, so make sure your garden is ready for those long, hot days relaxing on your patio, enjoying your personal paradise!

Make your own irrigation system by drilling holes in a length of garden hose laid across the borders, to enable water to seep into the soil around plants. Ground watering is much more effective than watering above the plants.
Dig compost into bare patches and sow quick-growing Summer flowers, such as Marigolds, Petunias, Ageratums, Cosmos, Salvias, Zinnias, Gazanias, Alyssum, Verbena, Celosia and Portulaeas in a sunny spot. In shady areas sow New Guinea Impatiens, Begonias and Bizzy Lizzie type Impatiens for a burst of colour.

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Lavenders, Gauras, Agapanthus, Alstroemerias and Cupheas are also popular and reliable, to look good in the border or containers.

Tidy up seating areas. Check containers are looking good and plants are healthy. Maybe time to introduce some new ‘feature’ plants?
Keep deadheading roses as flowers fade, ready for the new blooms.

Gravel and paved areas can be in need of some TLC, so, after removing the weeds, top up the gravel with fresh stone and give paving a good wash down.

For tasty culinary additions Parsley, Coriander and Basil can be grown either in pots or in the garden, preferably near the kitchen door!
Keep feeding and watering any salads and spinach already planted and remember to check for pests. Useful companion plants are Chives, dwarf French Marigolds and Rosemary, that can help ward off bugs.

Blueberries and Raspberries planted in containers will provide plenty of delicious fruit during the Summer. They need a slow-release fertiliser and regular watering.

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