In November, food almost seems to jump out of the earth, so it's the perfect time to get started on your own 'food forest'.
In November, food almost seems to jump out of the earth, so it's the perfect time to get started on your own 'food forest'. CONTRIBUTED

Get ready for festive months

WHAT an exciting month November is in the garden.

Summer is fast approaching and now is the time to prepare and plant for Christmas and the warmer months ahead.

The Flower Garden

POTS, containers and hanging baskets should be planted now. There are great plants available such as geraniums, cape daisies, impatiens, petunias and calibrachoas that will reward with bright, colourful summer displays.

Plant annual summer flowers such as alyssum, celosia, cosmos, gerbera, impatiens, lobelia, nasturtium, marigold, petunia, phlox, portulaca and zinnia.

Roses are looking fantastic.

Fertilise with a formulated rose food and watch out for aphids and thrips.

New season hydrangeas are beginning to flower and are excellent spring/summer colour for pots and those shady parts of the garden and entertainment areas where we spend our summer days.

Mulch garden beds to have them looking great for Christmas, help with water retention and to control weeds.

Lawns

LIFT the mower blades.

A longer lawn will help to shade the roots, cool the earth and retain water.

This will encourage a deep root system for longer lasting green lawn.

Treat lawn areas with a soil conditioner such as Seasol.

Apply a water retention granule now to help hold summer moisture.

The Edible Garden

FOOD grown in your 'food forest' is filled with home-grown goodness, freshness and flavour.

In November, food almost seems to jump out of the earth. There is much to achieve this month to supply tasty freshness to your summer entertainment events. Ensure regular watering and fertilising for the abundant harvest ahead.



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