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November is a fantastic month to be gardening in Tasmania. It’s sunny, plants are flowering and fruit trees are doing their work, setting fruit. Here are some ideas for what to do in your garden this month.

 

Hero plant this month: Turf

November is a great time to plant turf or grass. Turf is a great asset to the landscape. It's great for kids to play on, and ideal for outdoor entertaining.

It's important to select a turf that grows well in your area. A good mix for the cooler climate in Tasmania is blue grass and rye. The rye is a medium textured grass, which establishes quickly and tolerates cool conditions. Blue grass is a hardy variety that also performs well in cooler climates. It's a vigorous grower that needs regular mowing once established.

What else to plant

This month plant some annuals too for colour. Alyssum is a good choice. Plant these hardy annuals in a pot, or in the garden and they'll put on a great show for Christmas.

Other choice plants are polygalas and euphorbias with their colourful, showy bracts. Plant them in a sunny or part shaded position in well-drained soil.

We all love eating what we've grown. November is a great time to plant some edibles. For quicker results plant seedlings of celery and leeks. Asian greens are good to get in too. And if you haven't already, then be sure to plant some tomatoes.

Plant beetroot and carrot seed straight into the garden. Carrot seedlings don't transplant well, so growing them from seed, rather than seedlings is a better option.

Maintenance

There are plenty of jobs to do too.

Lightly prune natives such as grevilleas as they finish flowering.

Keep up with fertilising all around the garden as this will promote growth. In addition, regular doses of seaweed solution will help plants grow strong roots.

Watering needs vary, but as the weather warms, plants start to dry out. Water deeply as needed and keep an eye on pots.

To improve the soil structure in the vegie patch as well as elsewhere in the garden, add organic matter and gypsum.

Keep up with mulching too. Mulching around strawberry bushes helps protect the fruit and keeps it off the soil. Add mulch to fruit trees too. Pea straw or Lucerne are good alternatives. As they break down, they add nutrients to the soil.

Close-up of person pruning native plants

Harvest

There's plenty to pick in November. Harvest Asian greens, potatoes, beans, kale, silverbeet and herbs. Pick bunches to use in your cooking.

Getting out into the garden is good exercise and rewarding too. So, make the most of it and get into the garden this weekend.

assortment of harvested vegetables on a table

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.

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