November Gardening Guide

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Give gardens a good soaking and mulch well to help retain moisture over summer.

Plant up a selection of different containers with summer flowering plants to adorn decks and patio areas for the festive season.

Start a regular spray programme on roses to protect them from pests and disease.

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Now the soil has warmed up, sow these veggie seeds directly into the garden: beans, beetroot, carrots, corn, cucumber, melons, spring onions, parsnips, pumpkins, radishes, zucchini.

Keep on top of weeds, before they set seed, by spraying with Kiwi Garden Weedkiller.

Support tall growing perennials and veggies using three strong bamboo stakes, placed evenly around the plant and tied at the top, to create a wigwam.

Install a micro-irrigation watering system to save time and money on summer watering. A Kiwi Garden Irrigation Starter Kit is a great way to get started.

Keep a full watering can nearby container plants for emergency spot watering in hot weather.

Check out our Kiwi Garden range of fertilisers, which will cater for all your needs in the garden, including: Citrus, General, Lawn, Rose, Blood and Bone and Camellia & Rhododendron.

If you’re new to gardening, start with small projects and build on them as your knowledge grows – a few small successes will have you hooked for life!

Edible garden

Check out our range of seasonal Growfresh vege seedlings in stores. Fresh plants are arriving weekly.

Edibles to plant now include: herbs, beans, beetroot, courgettes, cucumber, eggplant, gherkins, leeks, lettuce, peppers (capsicums and chillies), pumpkin, radish, rock melon, silver beet, sweet corn, spring onions, tomatoes, watermelon.

In cooler areas plant: Bok Choi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, Florence fennel and parsnips.

Tomatoes perform best when given a little TLC. Plant in Dalton’s 7 in 1 Tomato Mix, water regularly and deeply, feed a little and often with Kiwi Garden Tomato Fertiliser

Basil and Tomatoes are perfect companion plants in the garden and on the plate - growing basil around tomatoes reportedly improves their flavour!

An insect control program is essential for good tomato crops. Use natural sprays where possible.

Pinch off the tips of runners from courgettes, cucumbers and pumpkins, when six good leaves have formed. Pinch again at intervals to ensure there will be plenty of fruiting laterals. Where space is limited, try training them up a trellis.

Sow sweetcorn for late summer eating. Sow in blocks to aid pollination.

Sow or plant herbs including:  basil, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Stop cutting asparagus spears by the end of this month to allow plants to recover and re-energise for next season.

Dust brassicas, including broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower with Kiwi Garden Derris Dust to prevent white butterfly caterpillar.

Feed citrus trees with Kiwi Garden Citrus Fertiliser or 7 in 1 Citrus and Fruit Fertiliser Pellets, which are suitable for all fruit trees.

Plant summer fruiting berry fruits including: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and Strawberry Sweetie – the strawberry that fruits from November through to May!

Protect ripening fruit by covering over with bird netting – especially important for berry fruit (strawberries, raspberries etc) and currants.

Flower garden

Check out our range of seasonal Growflora flower seedlings in stores. Fresh plants are arriving weekly. Try our super colour 4 packs for more advanced flowering plants to give instant colour to patio pots and gardens.

Plant summer flowering annuals such as: alyssum, begonias, cosmos, impatiens, lobelia, larkspur, marigolds, petunias, phlox, portulaca and verbena. Check out the range in store now!

Plant up a selection of containers with colourful flowering annuals to adorn outdoor entertaining areas.

Fertilise roses with a good quality rose food such as Kiwi Garden Rose Fertiliser. Spray fortnightly with Copper Oxychloride to help prevent black spot.

Liquid feed newly planted flowering annuals and perennials with Kiwi Garden Liquid Blood and Bone to help them establish quickly. 

Fill bare spots in shady parts of the garden with Impatiens to illuminate these dull areas.

Lightly trim spring flowering shrubs and once-flowering rambling roses to tidy them up for summer.

Deadhead flowering annuals and perennials to keep them looking their best and encourage further blooming.