The Garden Diaries: New South Wales in November

View the video

The Garden Diaries: New South Wales in November

View the video
×

More D.I.Y. Advice

The best low-maintenance plants for your garden

Planting & Growing The best low-maintenance plants for your garden Low-maintenance plants are a great choice if you don’t want to spend too much time tending to your garden. Here are the best plants for creating an attractive garden that’s also easy to care for.

Drought tolerant plants

Planting & Growing How to choose drought tolerant plants If you live in an area that doesn’t get much rain, you need to save water or you simply want a low-maintenance garden, then using drought tolerant plants is a great idea. Here’s a list of things to consider before you go out and buy them.

Geraniums

Planting & Growing How to create a low-allergy garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

Vegetable garden

Planting & Growing How to start a vegetable garden Nothing tastes better than home-grown vegetables. To make it easy for you, we’ll take you through some things to consider like where, what and how to plant vegetables, as well as how to feed and care for them.

Protect Your Garden From Snails, Slugs and Leaf Eaters

Planting & Growing Protect your garden from snails slugs and leaf eaters There is a wide range of highly effective and innovative products available to gardeners to help them care for and protect their plants against insects, snails and slugs.

A bee on a flower

Planting & Growing How to attract bees and butterflies Unfortunately, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects are under increasing threat due to pesticides, parasites and climate change. We can help them by using responsible gardening practices, planting flowers and providing them with shelter.

Worm farm

Planting & Growing How to make a worm farm A worm farm can turn your organic waste into rich fertiliser to feed your garden. It’s also a fun and rewarding way to get the kids actively involved in the environment.

Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies

Planting & Growing Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies Using plants is a natural and effective way to repel mosquitoes, flies and other insects from entering your home. Here’s a list of the six best insect-repelling plants.

It’s November in NSW and gardens are looking phenomenal with plenty of growth. Here are some tips for what to do in your garden this month.

Hero plant this month: Sir Water Buffalo Turf

It’s a great time to plant turf, which is cool, calming and great for entertaining. Sir Water Buffalo is an excellent all-round, evergreen, broadleaf turf. Australian bred, it grows well in sun and shade, is salt tolerant and so will grow near the coast. It has a tight growth habit, which means weeds are less likely to become a problem and has the ability to repair itself quickly.

plants

What else to plant

It’s also a great time to plant hydrangeas, which have just come out of winter dormancy.

Hydrangeas are stars of the summer garden with their long flowering season. They thrive in a partially shaded spot in well-drained soil. Also suited to pots however it’s important to keep water up to them.

The flowers of Hydrangea macrophylla can change depending on soil type. Plant in acidic soil, for blue flowers, whereas alkaline soil produces red, pink to purple blooms. Change the colour by adding aluminium sulphate for blue, or lime for red to pink shades. White flowering hydrangeas will not change, no matter what the soil type.

It's a great time to get in some petunias too. These annuals put on a colourful show through the summer. Plant in a sunny spot and they’ll reward with plenty of flowers.

Other sun lovers to plant in November include calibrachoa and salvias as well as agapanthus, which make a great border plant, forming clumps up to a metre across. Prune spent flowers regularly, to prevent the seeds spreading.

If you’ve got a shady spot, fuchsias, with their pretty, dainty flowers, will do well.

Plant chillies and tomatoes too. Both members of the Solanaceae family, they like full sun and well-drained soil.

If you’ve got some room put in some pumpkins but keep the water up to them. Plant carrot seed straight into the ground.

Put in some citrus too. These trees do well in the garden, or a pot. While every garden should have at least a lemon tree, limes are a good option too.

plants

Maintenance

As the weather warms, give lawns a deep watering at least weekly. Apply a soil wetting agent every couple of months as this will help water penetrate the root zone.

Keep water up to fruit trees such as citrus.

But before turning on the sprinkler, be sure to check with your local authority about watering regulations in your area.

Change the cutting height on the mower so it’s as high as possible. This helps shade the roots and reduces water loss from the soil. 

Apply a complete fertiliser to the vegie patch and summer flowering annuals. But don’t do this on a hot day as it may burn the plants.

Add some mulch to the patch too. This will protect the soil and plant roots from the sun. Lucerne and pea straw are good options. As they break down, they will nourish the soil.

 

plants

Harvest

In November, there’s lots to pick, which is always a rewarding task.  Tomatoes are starting to ripen, as are early cucumbers. Pick lemons, new season potatoes, celery, leeks, zucchini, which are starting to ripen and keep picking bunches of herbs.

So there you go, plenty to do in the garden this November… so get out and enjoy.

tomato

Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

beetroot

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants online or visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to find out how you can bring your garden to life.

The best low-maintenance plants for your garden

Planting & Growing The best low-maintenance plants for your garden Low-maintenance plants are a great choice if you don’t want to spend too much time tending to your garden. Here are the best plants for creating an attractive garden that’s also easy to care for.

Drought tolerant plants

Planting & Growing How to choose drought tolerant plants If you live in an area that doesn’t get much rain, you need to save water or you simply want a low-maintenance garden, then using drought tolerant plants is a great idea. Here’s a list of things to consider before you go out and buy them.

Geraniums

Planting & Growing How to create a low-allergy garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

Vegetable garden

Planting & Growing How to start a vegetable garden Nothing tastes better than home-grown vegetables. To make it easy for you, we’ll take you through some things to consider like where, what and how to plant vegetables, as well as how to feed and care for them.

Protect Your Garden From Snails, Slugs and Leaf Eaters

Planting & Growing Protect your garden from snails slugs and leaf eaters There is a wide range of highly effective and innovative products available to gardeners to help them care for and protect their plants against insects, snails and slugs.

A bee on a flower

Planting & Growing How to attract bees and butterflies Unfortunately, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects are under increasing threat due to pesticides, parasites and climate change. We can help them by using responsible gardening practices, planting flowers and providing them with shelter.

Worm farm

Planting & Growing How to make a worm farm A worm farm can turn your organic waste into rich fertiliser to feed your garden. It’s also a fun and rewarding way to get the kids actively involved in the environment.

Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies

Planting & Growing Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies Using plants is a natural and effective way to repel mosquitoes, flies and other insects from entering your home. Here’s a list of the six best insect-repelling plants.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content