Monthly tips

What to do this Month – November


  1. Parsnips can be left in the ground until needed, or lifted and then buried in a shallow trench for easy access when needed. They taste better when frosted.
  2. Celeriac can also be left in the ground for a bit, but do protect them from the cold with a thick mulch of straw, bracken, or other suitable material.
  3. Stake any Brussels sprouts stalks that look leggy and vulnerable to wind rock.
  4. Dig over, incorporating well-rotted organic matter if available and weed vacant areas of the vegetable plot.
  5. Now is a good time to get ahead and prepare new asparagus beds for planting up in the spring.


  1. Take delivery of and plant new fruit trees and bushes. Don’t plant if the ground is frosted or too wet.
  2. Thin out congested spurs on restricted fruit trees.
  3. Prune apples, pears, quinces and medlars.
  4. Prune red and white currants and gooseberries.

These tips have been taken from the Royal Horticultural Society, Grow your own section. Full details can be seen at