Spring In The Garden - November

As we head into summer the weather is heating up and there are more daylight hours to spend in the garden! Plant summer-loving crops for a continuous supply of delicious homegrown veges, pick and plant more berries, and keep planting vibrant flowers for a beautifully bright garden.

As the weather warms in your region plant summer-loving crops including tomatoes, chillies, courgettes, capsicums and sweetcorn. 

In the warmest areas of the country the first berry crops are ready to be harvested and it’s a great time to plant more for continued harvests over the summer season. Don't forget to feed your fruit trees too!

There's plenty of bright flowers to plant and pick this month. Feed with fertiliser to keep them blooming for stunning summer show.

Kitchen garden

  • Feed all citrus trees with Citrus Fertiliser, and other fruit trees with  General Garden Fertiliser.
  • Tomatoes are growing quickly so need staking, regular deep watering and feeding with Tomato Food.
  • By planting basil next to your tomatoes you’ll improve their flavour.
  • Plant your favourite summer edibles such as;
  • tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, sweet corn, spring onions, watermelons and celery.
  • Sow your favourite seeds directly into the garden such as;
  • pumpkin, courgettes, parsnip and radish. For continuous harvesting sow at two to three weekly intervals.
  • Cabbage, capsicum and leeks can be sown in trays for transplanting later.
  • Plant a crop of seed potatoes in your garden or in a large tub or planter bag.
  • Place a layer of mulch around the base of your edibles and fruit trees to help conserve moisture.
  • Passionfruit plants now available in store!
Flower garden
  • All chrysthanthemum and dahlias can now be planted
  • Attract butterflies to your garden with Swan Plants – now available in store!
  • Install in-ground watering systems for economical summer watering.
  • Plant perennial and summer flowering annual seedlings, such as Lobelia, Impatiens, Larkspur, Portulaca, Phlox and many more.
  • Plant water lillies and other pond plants.
  • Plant new season’s hibiscus plants for a tropical flavour in your garden.
  • Add a layer of mulch around the base of your perennials, trees and shrubs to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Side dress roses with rose fertiliser. A layer of mulch around the base will help retain soil moisture over summer.


  • For a lush green lawn apply Lawn Fertiliser when rain is due or water it in with a sprinkler.

Container Gardening

  • Plants in pots dry out quicker than those in the ground so water all plants in pots daily. Feed with Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic weekly to keep them healthy.
  • Plant hanging baskets and terracotta pots with flowers for summer.

It's time to to tidy up your Greenwaste wheelie bin. Give the team at Bay Enviro Bins a call and they’ll talk you through the best option for you!


Sources: Tui Garden + Palmers Garden Centre