November Monthly Tips
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 calibrachoa, for bright, colourful summer displays.
- Continue planting annual summer flowers such as cosmos, marigold, lobelia, petunias, impatiens, alyssum and portulaca.
- Feed roses with Tui Rose Food and spray with ‘Combat 3 in 1 for Roses’ or ‘Grosafe Freeflo Copper’ to control insects and diseases.
- Water pots and hanging baskets daily. Feed weekly with liquid food such as ‘iCan Fast Food’ or a soluble plant food such as Phostrogen.
- Repot orchids that have finished flowering.
The Edible Garden
- This month keep sowing summer veggies such as lettuce, beans and beetroot for a continuous supply over summer. More on a planting vegetable plan for Whanganui.
- Give established veggie plants a side dressing of general fertiliser to keep growth active – remember to water well after feeding plants.
- 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 can be planted now. More on potatoes.
- Keep feeding tomatoes regularly with liquid tomato food. More on tomatoes.
- Dust cabbage and cauliflower plants with Derris Dust to control white butterfly caterpillar.
- Set your codling moth traps. More on codling moth.