Gardening jobs for November: Head Gardener’s tips


Head Gardener Neil Miller shares his tips of gardening jobs for November.

As well as planting winter bedding and clearing the ever falling leaves, gardening jobs for November include looking at the larger maintenance projects needed in your garden space.

Our loaded vines on Pergola Walk needed some attention so we decided to replace some of the pergola poles.

With the help of a cherry picker, and three guys, we were able to remove the large poles and insert new ones which we hope will last for quite a while.

Pergola Walk is a special place in autumn – it affords one of the best views of the colours around the Lake as you progress from Half Moon Pond all the way down to the Loggia.

The Rose Garden at Hever is famous for its wonderful collection. If you want to get going with a rose garden of your own, gardening jobs for November include thinking about planting bare-root roses, in fact you can plant them any time from now until March.

For your more established roses, it’s good to get the gloves on and clear the spent leaves from around the base of the plants to prevent disease.

Other gardening jobs for November include planting spring bulbs. We are busy planting 20,000 new tulip and daffodil bulbs ready for our Dazzling Daffodils and Tulip Celebrations events.

If you have an abundance of apple or pear trees, then you can begin the process of pruning now (and up until February). We cleared a veritable mountain of apples from Anne Boleyn’s Orchard last month.

We passed the crop of apples on to Hever Castle’s Head Chef Les Woolven and with a dash of inspiration he has created a delectable Caramelised Apple Sausage Roll.

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