November Gardening with Big Jims



The days are heating up and so are the colours of flowering plants arriving daily. Make sure your brighten your garden up for the festive season which is quickly approaching.


The Edible Garden

  • This month keep making successional sowings of summer veges such as lettuce, beans, beetroot to keep a continuous supply over summer.
  • Give established vege plants a side dressing of general fertilser to keep growth active - remember to water well after feeding plants.
  • Plant Zucchini, Capsicum, Cucumber, Chillies, Egg plant and Tomatoes.
  • Spray as necessary with Yates Mavrik to keep insect pests at bay while keeping bees safe.
  • Plant Basil and tomatoes together - they are good companion plants.
  • Main crop potatoes like Rua and Agria can be planted now.
  • Keep feeding tomatoes regularly with Tui Tomato food.
  • Dust cabbage and cauliflower plants with Yates Success Naturalyte to control white butterfly caterpillar.


The Flower Garden

  • Plant Fuchsias in shady parts of the garden that get dappled sunlight. They make a colourful summer display. Use lots of compost to get plants off to a good start.
  • Fill pots and containers and hanging baskets with geraniums, cape daisies, impatiens, petunias, and Calibrochoa, for bright, colourful summer displays.
  • Continue planting annual summer flowers such as cosmos, marigold, lobelia, petunias, impatiens, alyssum and portulaca.
  • Feed roses with Rose Food and spray with Yates Supershield to control insects and diseases.
  • Water pots and hanging baskets daily. Feed weekly with Miracle Gro.
  • Re-pot orchids that have finished flowering.