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Tips for your November Kentish garden

PUBLISHED: 14:09 18 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:58 20 February 2013

Tips for your November Kentish garden

Tips for your November Kentish garden

What to eat and what to grow in your garden this month

Tips for your November Kentish garden


Plant of the month


Miscanthus



  • perennial grass

  • clump forming

  • statuesque feathery blooms late summer, autumn to winter

  • brings movement and sound to the garden

  • use in border as specimen or massed with other ornamental grasses


Cultivation



  • deciduous, however the dying parchment toned foliage and flowerheads give skeletal beauty through winter

  • hardy

  • fertile, moist but well-drained soil

  • full sun

  • cut back old foliage to the ground in early spring

  • divide plants March to April

  • plant late spring



Ornamental tasks



  • wrap or bring in tender plants to protect from the cold

  • tidy borders as most herbaceous plants will have finished flowering

  • rake and compost leaves

  • divide large clumps of ferns

  • plant bare root hedging, roses, ornamental trees



To taste



  • plant fruit trees

  • clear and dig over vegetable plot

  • store produce for warming winter recipes

  • plant some hardy salad leaves

  • pot up some herbs and bring into the kitchen to use through winter




Something extra


For a great spring display, grow some tulips in containers. Either mix with other spring bulbs or grow tulips on their own, packed closely together for greater impact. It can be tricky to get flowers to come out at the same time if different varieties used. Choose container at least 12 inches deep and to suit your chosen bulbs. Fill with general-purpose compost mixed with grit to improve drainage. Protect from severe frosts and winds. Water in dry periods during the growing season.

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