Cold Ash Horticultural Society

Welcome to Cold Ash Horticultural Society! The aim of the Society is to promote the enjoyment and benefits of amateur gardening. To that end we arrange informative and social activities for members and visitors.

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Our AGM will be held on Friday 3rd December at 7.30 PM in the Acland Hall. As we were unable to hold an AGM in 2020, we will report on both 2020 and 2021 together. After the short formal meeting there will be mulled wine and mince pies followed by a light-hearted ‘pub quiz’. Do come and join us – better still why not consider joining the committee.

Jobs for the garden

Fred’s November suggestions. See below.

Jobs for the Garden in November

Continue to mow your lawn

Should the weather stay mild, grass will continue to grow. Set your mower blades to a high setting of about 4 cm (1½ in) and keep on mowing. It’s also a good time to scarify your lawn to remove moss that has built up over the summer.

Stop feeding plants

Growth rates slow in the winter months, so plants do not need additional feed. Any excess nutrients may be washed away and get into water courses so stop feeding until the spring.

Mulch for winter protection

Apply a dry mulch, such as straw or wood chips to borderline-hardy plants such as dahlias or cannas.

Hardwood cuttings

November is a good time to take hardwood cuttings of deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers.
Cut sections 15 -30 cm (6 to 12 in) long from healthy shoots of this year’s growth and insert into pots of cutting compost.

Check for pansy problems

In a mild winter downy mildew and leaf spots can be a annoying problem. The easiest way to treat it is to remove and destroy any infected material to prevent it spreading.


Pruning Japanese maples

These acers require little pruning but if it is needed it should be done now. Prune to a well-placed side branch without leaving a stub as this can result in dieback.  

Check stored fruit regularly

If you are storing apples or pears make sure they do not touch each other. For long-term storage it is best to wrap individual fruit in waxed paper or if you don’t have any then use newspaper. Remember to check regularly and discard any stored fruit with signs of rot to prevent the disease spreading.

 Put some logs to good use

Consider building a wildlife stack using logs, branches or woody prunings. Larger animals can find shelter in the spaces between the logs and if you bore some holes in the wood then these provide shelters for tiny insects.


Wormeries should be protected in the winter. November is a time to move them into the greenhouse or some other sheltered place for the colder months.

Autumn fungi

Honey Fungus

Fruiting bodies usually appear this month. You should be concerned about pathogenic fungi that attack wood, particularly honey fungus and some bracket fungi. However, most fungi feed on dead organic matter, so are harmless and often beneficial.


Fred Davison

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