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As the sun sinks lower in the sky the temperature drops, we feel the start of winter with the possibility of gales and misty mornings.

Jobs around the Garden…

  • Plant out winter bedding and tulip bulbs
  • Clear up fallen leaves around the lawn, from borders and the pond
  • raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
  • Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
  • Start to insulate outdoor containers from frost- bubblewrap is a good option
  • Use grease bands around trunks of fruit trees to stop winter moth damage

Flowers to sow…

  • Eryngiums
  • Bugle
  • Corydalis solida
  • Sweet Peas
  • Allium sphaerocephalon

Vegetables to grow…

  • Broad beans
  • Salad leaves
  • Spring onion ‘Performer’
  • First early peas
  • Chilies

Fruit to grow:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Blackcurrants
  • Gooseberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apricots
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries

Wildlife Gardening in November…

  • Clean out nesting boxes as birds will use them for shelter over winter
  • Continue to top up bird feeders
  • Leave seed heads on plants for food
  • Try to not cut back mature ivy as this will provide both nectar for pollinating insects and shelter for wildlife
  • Create a wildlife corner by using leaves, logs, twigs and rocks to provide shelter for insects and animals
  • Stop feeding fish once the cold weather sets in

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The Garden CentreTo Visit in Essex

We have parking spaces for up to 450 cars and easy access both onto and off of the A127, which is the main dual-carriage way into Southend-on-Sea. The A127 is off Junction 29 of the M25 which is a 10 minute drive to our door. Plan your visit to Summerhill today. We can’t wait to see you.

Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, A127 Arterial Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UJ