November can bring rain, strong winds, bitterly cold weather, frost and the first snowfall is even possible. A Polytunnel offers protection from the elements and on those bright days, it can get rather warm inside your bubble of Polythene.
Gardening Jobs for November
November is one of those months when you can take the steam out of things and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Providing, of course, you’ve already tidied, cleaned, repaired and got rid of all the old plants. If you haven’t, you know what you need to! If you have, your workload will be enjoyably light..
Keep Crops Warm
A quick and easy idea to help protect frost-sensitive plants inside your polytunnel throughout the colder months is either a mini Polytunnel (a little bit like double glazing) or cloche hoops covered with horticultural fleece. Fleece creates an excellent microclimate promoting the growth of crops to increase yields by providing protection from cold winds and frosts and warms up the soil. Temperature protection can be increased by adding multiple layers of frost protection fleece.
What to Plant
November is a great time to plant grapevines inside your polytunnel. Remember to feed your soil and water sparingly.
In November, you can sow:
- Broad beans
- Anything else sown in September and October.
Make sure the water-butt inside your polytunnel is full. When the sun’s rays keep it warm it takes longer to cool than air. This effectively acts like an energy-free storage heater.
If you’re using a heater overnight, this can cause condensation. So don’t forget to ventilate your Poly tunnel during the warmer parts of the day.
2. Remember, anything sown in November will grow relatively slowly and probably won’t drop until late spring (but still much earlier than plants grown outdoors)
3. Place your pots of peas and beans inside a large, clear plastic storage box, inside your Polytunnel. This helps keep slugs and mice at bay and offers some additional protection from draughts
4. Clear away the last of all your warm weather crops, things like tomatoes and peppers. Pick any remaining fruits and take them into the house to ripen.
Crops you can sow in a Polytunnel in November – Broad beans, Carrots, Cabbage, Early Garlic, Winter lettuce.
For lots more Polytunnel gardening hints and tips, please visit First Tunnels growing guides or request a brochure
Originally posted 2013-11-01 08:30:17.