November in the garden and the nursery:

What to do in the Garden:
- “Dead-head” all flowering plants: remove spent flower heads from plants so that they can put more energy into growing new flowers.
- A general rule to remember when watering: it is much better to water occasionally and deeply than often and lightly.
- Keep an eye out for pest infestations - it’s best if you can control them early rather than letting them get out of hand.
- Go out at night with a torch looking for snails and slugs.
- Make “earwig hotels” out of old pots with crumpled up newspaper inside. In the morning, check the pots and empty any containing earwigs into a bucket of soapy water.
- Keep your garden free of weeds as they often harbour pests and diseases that can spread to the plants that you want.
- In the flower garden, pinch off the tips of annuals and perennials which will strengthen the plant, making them more bushy and compact.
- Indoor plants need feeding and to be watered more regularly than previous months
- On hot days, plant seedlings once the heat of the day has declined (i.e. late afternoon)
- Mulch right up to the stems of tomatoes, sweetcorn, cucumber and pumpkins - they will send additionals roots into the mulch, giving stronger plants.

Sow (from seed): sunflowers, herbs, beans, capsicum, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, pumpkin, radish, silverbeet, spinach, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini

Plant (from seedling): seedlings of any of the above, various flowering ornamentals like petunias, cleome, marigolds, lobelia, nasturtium, portulaca, cosmos