It’s November already, can you believe it!? 2020 has flown by in a blur. We say that every year, but this year has taken it to a new level.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the mountains, and am so deeply inspired by the natural ecosystems we’re surrounded by. We’re so blessed to have forests, ocean and mountains on our doorstep. This has me thinking about biodiversity, and how it’s such a marker of resilience in all systems. As we head into November, with the flowers bursting into blossom, temperatures climbing steadily albeit gently and general spirits lifting in proportion with lockdown restrictions, we have the opportunity to be active contributors to biodiversity in our gardens and neighbourhood.
If you have a garden, balcony or windowsill where you can have plants, have you thought about expanding the diversity of the plants you care for? Can you share some cuttings with a neighbour, or plant something new based on what is seasonal? It may seem like you’re just taking care of one more plant, but introducing that one plant could enhance the biodiversity in your home or garden multifold. This biodiversity applies to us as humans too – perhaps this November, as we head into the festive season, why not consider reaching out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while to share wishes for a great Spring season and to ask how they are doing? Who knows what emergent opportunities may arise in both your lives and beyond.
Back to the garden… Life is bountiful in the garden as temperatures and daily sun hours extend. Make sure you are mulching so that the soil doesn’t start to dry out as things heat up.
Here’s the plant list for November:
Amaranth, Basil, Bush and Climbing beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Butternut, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrot, Chard, Cape Gooseberry, Carrot, Celery, Chives, Chilli, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Ginger, Globe Artichoke, Leek, Leaf Mustard, Lettuce, Jerusalem artichokes, Parsley, Peas, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Sweetcorn, Sweet pepper, Sweet potato, Turnip, Tomato, Watercress, Watermelon, Zucchini
Wishing you a diverse November – in your gardens, and your lives!