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.
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.
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.
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.
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