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Gardening in November 2008
Welcome to this column, it is designed to help to encourage and inspire you in your gardening endeavours.
The best place to view the garden at this time of the year seems to be through the window! But try not to be too despondent: use the time to plan your floral displays for the summer. There are some jobs to do to prepare the garden for the winter. More tips on being a greener gardener and information on a truly inspirational community garden project and suggestions for places to visit.
Jobs to do this month
Gather fallen leaves and place on compost or place in polythene bags and leave to make leaf mould to use as mulch in the spring. Collect and dispose of rotting fruit under trees and bushes. In the vegetable garden: clear of old plants, weeds and rotting leaves to prevent disease. Prune apple trees and blackcurrent bushes and plant broad bean seeds. Dig in organic matter to improve the soil for next year.
In the greenhouse you still have time to clean down the glass inside and outside. Stop watering succulents and cacti (except for Christmas flowering cacti) until March. Remove dead leaves and flowers from plants and collect any matter on the floor to prevent fungal diseases.
Remove and store submersible pond pumps and place a floating ball in the fishpond to prevent methane build up if it freezes over.
Community Garden Project
The idea came from the residents and after two years of hard work, the garden opened in April 2000 and involves over 100 volunteers. The garden has played an important part in the area’s transformation and is a great place to relax and wander round. Members of the community across the ages work together on the garden in supervised sessions and increase their skills and knowledge.
The Hulme garden centre includes a nursery which sells plants to local people and fruit and herbs are also available to pick for a small donation and is open on Tuesday – Sunday from 11am until 5pm. Events are also put on throughout the year.
Hulme Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5FS Telephone; 0161 227 8198 log onto; www.hulmegardencentre.org.uk
Places to visit
All items mentioned are available in most garden centres. As part of the greener gardening features; next month will feature an article on alternative materials for driveways and paths.
Photographs are taken by Pam Pickard.
© Pam Pickard 1/11/2008
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