November Gardening Check List
This month offers garden abundance as spring moves into summer. The days are getting longer which gives gardeners more time to enjoy their home patch.
Plant your favorite summer flowering annual seedlings, such as Lobelia, Impatiens, Phlox, Larkspur, Portulaca and many more.
Place layer of mulch around the base of your perennials, trees and shrubs to help conserve moisture; use compost, bark or peat.
Install in-ground watering systems for economical summer watering.
All Chrysanthemums and Dahlias can now be planted.
Plant water lilies and other pond plants.
Liquid feed all flowering annuals and perennials and feed flowering shrubs with a side dressing of general garden fertilizer.
Sow seeds of your favorite flowering annuals directly into the garden such as Californian Poppy, Nasturtium ans Sunflowers. Sow in trays for transplanting later; Carnations, Livingstone Daisy, Petunia, Gerberas, Celosia and Geranium.
Plant new season Hibiscus plants for a tropical flavor in your garden.
Plant new roses using plenty of compost when planting and water thoroughly at least once a week.
Side dress roses with rose fertilizer. A layer of mulch around the base will help to retain soil moisture over summer.
Spray roses with a shield to prevent fungus diseases and pest damage.
Plant hanging baskets and terracotta pots with flowers for summer. Use water storage crystals mixed in to potting mix to help retain moisture.
Water all plants in pots daily to prevent drying out and feed with liquid fertilizer weekly.
Re-pot orchids after flowering.
Increase watering of all plants in containers or pots as the weather warms up, adding plant food at each watering which will give you healthier plants and flowers.
Plant your favorite summer veges now such as Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Lettuce, Sweet corn, Spring onions, Watermelon and Celery. By planting Basil next to your Tomatoes you will improve their flavor.
Sow your favorite seeds directly into the garden such as Pumpkin, Courgettes, Parsnip, Radish and Sweet corn; sow in trays for transplanting later: Lettuce, Cabbage, Capsicum, Eggplant, Leeks, Spring onions. For continuous harvesting sow at two to three week intervals.
Spray vegetables plants with Copper Oxychloride or Greenguard to guard against fungus diseases.
Plant a crop of seed Potatoes into your garden or in a large tub or planter bag.
All vegetables will benefit from a side dressing of Blood and Bone or general garden fertilizer.
Tomatoes are growing quickly so need staking, lots of water and feeding. Try Thrive or Tui Tomato Food. Regular deep watering is best.
Hang Codlin Moth traps in apple trees to trap the moths are prevent the larvae entering the fruit. The most effective control is to spray with Yates Success Naturalyte every 14 days, starting mid - November after blossom petal fall.
Feed all citrus trees with Citrus fertilizer and other fruit trees with general garden fertilizer.
Dust Cabbages and Cauliflowers with Derris Dust to prevent white butterfly caterpillar.
Herbs and vegetables in pots need water crystals to help retain water.
For a lush green lawn apply lawn fertilizer when it rain is due or water it in with a sprinkler.
To maintain a lawn in dry weather, water with a sprinkler and do not cut the lawn too short.
Spray lawns with a broad leaf, weeds and prickle weedkiller to control Onehunga weed and be prickle free this summer.