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Garden Jobs This Month near Finchley

Garden Jobs This Month - November


  1. Plant tulip bulbs in pots and borders, covering them with at least twice their depth of soil or compost
  2. Lift dahlia tubers after the first frost, clean them off and store in dry compost in a cool, frost-proof place
  3. Send off for seed catalogues and start planning what to grow next year
  4. Plant bare-root hedging, roses, trees and shrubs, before the weather turns really cold
  5. Clear faded sweet peas, morning glory, thunbergia and other annual climbers from their supports
  6. Cut down faded perennials that are looking tatty, then mulch the surrounding soil with garden compost
  7. Plant a Japanese maple in a pot and place in a sheltered spot in semi-shade
  8. Gather up and bin the fallen leaves of roses affected by blackspot, so they don’t carry the disease over to next year
  9. Move containers of alpine plants under cover to shelter them from winter rain
  10. Protect plants that are borderline hardy, such as agapanthus, with a thick mulch of straw or garden compost
  11. Replenish gravel mulch around alpines to keep the foliage clear of damp soil, which can cause rotting
  12. Put stem protection guards around young trees and shrubs, if rabbits are a problem
  13. Sow seeds from berry-laden trees and shrubs


  1. Take hardwood cuttings from healthy fruit bushes, including currants, blueberries and gooseberries
  2. Use cloches to protect winter peas, beans and salads, but leave the ends open as good ventilation is vital
  3. Prune autumn-fruiting raspberries to the ground after harvesting
  4. Plant garlic, shallots and onions in free-draining soil or raised beds, then cover with fleece
  5. Prune fruit bushes once dormant, including blackcurrants, redcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries
  6. Support top-heavy Brussels sprouts with sturdy canes, and pile earth up around the stems for extra stability
  7. Cut down Jerusalem artichokes, then dig up and store the tubers in a bucket of dry compost
  8. Put netting over cabbages, kale and other hardy brassicas to protect them from pigeons
  9. Plant bare-root fruit trees, bushes and canes, as long as the ground isn’t too wet
  10. Check stored crops for signs of rot or deterioration
  11. Lift and pot up chicory roots to force in the dark
  12. Tidy up strawberry beds, cutting back old foliage and congested runners and removing any weeds


  1. Insulate the greenhouse walls and roof with bubble polythene
  2. Make sure all tender plants are safely under cover and kept frost free
  3. Propagate perennials, including phlox, oriental poppies and verbascums, by taking root cuttings
  4. Sow leafy crops such as rocket into small seed trays on a warm sunny windowsill, for winter pickings
  5. Check greenhouse plants regularly for overwintering pests
  6. Scrub down greenhouse staging, glazing and the framework with disinfectant
  7. Water indoor pots of spring bulbs frequently so they never dry out
  8. Wash out all empty pots and trays and store neatly under greenhouse staging, ready for use in spring
  9. Bring potted herbs, such as parley and chives, indoors to continue cropping into winter
  10. Monitor greenhouse temperatures with a max-min thermometer and turn on heating if needed
  11. Avoid splashing foliage when watering, as it will dry slowly in cool weather and fungal diseases may set in
  12. Clear out faded tomato and cucumber plants from the greenhouse and add to the compost heap
  13. Give houseplants extra humidity to combat the drying effects of central heating


  1. Check bonfires carefully before lighting to make sure no hedgehogs or other wildlife are sheltering inside
  2. Continue to mow the lawn in mild spells if the grass is still growing, but raise the height of the blades
  3. Collect fallen leaves and place in bin bags, then leave to decompose into leaf mould
  4. Look after garden wildlife as winter approaches, by providing additional food and shelter
  5. Move worm compost bins under cover for the winter
  6. Chop up any faded bedding plants, annuals and old crops, and add to the compost bin
  7. Start pruning free-standing apple and pear trees once dormant, to control their size and encourage fruiting
  8. Repair fences and trellis now they’re becoming free of foliage
  9. Remove pond pumps and fountains to prevent ice damage when temperatures fall below freezing
  10. Wrap bubble polythene or hessian around pots to protect from frost damage and to insulate vulnerable plant roots
  11. Put waterproof covers over any garden furniture that you can’t take indoors over winter
  12. Wrap insulating foam around outdoor taps and pipes
  13. Clean out and scrub bird feeders regularly to maintain hygiene

All above information from http://www.gardenersworld.com/what-to-do-now/ & are in no way based on our current stock.

This Weeks Social Media Update.

WEEK 48: Snug as a bug.

Good morning folks. It seems like cold mornings are here for a while. Lets hope that plants get back into their proper rhythms as there seem to be lots of them that do not know the time of year at the moment. During these late Autumn days many gardeners like to ‘tuck up’ their borders by putting a layer of mulch over them. This tidies them up but also has other practical advantages. It can help to keep the ground temperature slightly warmer & if you cover cut-back perennials it keeps them ‘snug as a bug’ for winter. Depending on what you use as a mulch, nutrients can be added to the garden either by leaching out of the mulch to the ground below when it rains or by turning the mulch into the ground in the Spring. This works well on baron allotment plots too. We have a number of products for this job which will suit all types of gardening styles. Whether you wish to just mulch, mulch with something nutrient rich, mulch organically or mulch Peat Free. Whatever your budget, we have something that should suit. Please note that you do NOT have to use a product that has ‘Mulch’ in its description. Mulch merely describes a material that can be spread on the soil to enrich or insulate. Some folks use compost, some use bark but soil improvers & well composted horse manure will do the job too. That is all for this update. Happy Gardening Everyone. 23/11/20

Shopping At Clockhouse

Garden retail like it used to be.

Here at Clockhouse Nursery we pride ourselves in providing reasonably priced plants & the products you need to grow them effectively.

That is all.

So, no need to wade through the tide of unnecessary paraphernalia that you will find in most modern garden centres.

No need to worry about parking either as we have over 150 spaces available.

Please Note !

From 9am Friday 29th May 2020, we will be a CASHLESS establishment. This will be safer & cleaner for our staff. This measure will remain in place for the near future.

Site Plan

Finding your way around our site

Please note that, although this map is still relevant, we are now orerating under some covid19 distancing procedures which means that there are partial one-way systems in place. This restricts easy access between some areas.

Over recent years we have put a lot of effort into making our nursery as easilly accessible as possible. The entire sales area & car park have hard sufaces made from either concrete or tarmac. Outside pathways are wide and our sales beds are sturdy brickwork allowing customers to sit & take a rest if one of our benches is too far away or already occupied.

We feel that you will be able to navigate our nursery with ease, whether you are here for a leisurely browse or a calculated ‘in & out’ quick shop. Free copies of the nursery map (shown to the right) are available from our customer services desk, they also have a shop layout map on the back of them. Don’t forget, a member of staff will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We hope that you enjoy your visit.

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We offer discounts on purchases which are open to everyone.

Discounts do not apply to promotion items, special offer items, gift vouchers, delivery costs or compost.

You Spend Payment with cash or debit card
£250-£549 5% discount
£550-£849 7% discount
£850+ 10% discount
Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift for green fingered family and friends

If you have absolutely no idea what to buy for as a gardening gift but you do know that the recipient is a Clockhouse Nursery customer, we can offer you a Clockhouse Nursery specific gift card. Available in four designs & similar to many highstreet gift cards in size. Simply request one at the tills, choose your design & it can then be pre loaded with an amount of your choice. Once loaded the amount on the card can be used as part payment or in its entirety. Please don’t forget to mention to your family & friends that they can become part of the Clockhouse “Garden Gang” by signing up for our loyalty card too!

Currently we also accept and sell “National Garden Gift Vouchers” (paper form only) which are accepted at over 2,000 leading UK garden centres, shops and nurseries. With National Garden Vouchers you have the choice of over 90,000 garden products from saplings to pagodas all gardeners will find something they’d like. A National Garden Gift Voucher is great for any special occasion, and whether the lucky recipient is an experienced gardener, or just starting out, they’ll be able to buy everything they need with the thoughtful gift.

Plant guarantee & refund policy

We are committed to ensuring that we sell excellent quality plants at what we deem to be reasonable prices. Many of our plants are grown here on site which enables us to maintain quality control to a very high level. Other plants are supplied by trusted companies, many of which have been in business for decades. We are always available to advise customers on the correct care for plants pre-purchase.

Because of this confidence in our product we do not offer a plant guarantee. However should you experience a problem with your plant within six months of purchase we will consider either replacement, credit note or advise you on a course of action to take to resolve the issue. Should the plant need to be returned it must be accompanied with valid proof of purchase (till receipt). We do NOT accept responsibility for plants damaged by weather conditions ( i.e. frost or extreme heat), or poor aftercare. A plant is a perishable good reliant on correct level of aftercare for survival. As such, after six months we relinquish responsibility for its nurturing & hand that duty 100% to the purchaser.

Refunds and exchanges

Should you change your mind about a ‘non plant’ product after purchase you may return it to us proving that the packaging has not been opened, the product has not been used, the product is still in saleable condition, with a valid receipt, within 28 days of purchase. Also, should the product be found to be faulty, it should be returned to us inside of 28 days with valid proof of purchase. Return or refund outside of 28 days may also be considered if the product meets the previous requirements stated. Plant returns should be within 5 working days. The plant will need to be in exactly the same condition as it was at the time of purchase and accompanied with a valid receipt. You will be offered credit note, cost equivalent exchange, or refund to the method of payment.This will be at the discretion of management.

All refunds will be credited in the same fashion as initially received, i.e. if you paid by card, the refund will need to be issued to the same card. If you paid by cash, we can only offer a refund in cash.

We do not offer refunds or guarantees on any sale or stock clearance items.

Please keep your receipt as proof of purchase.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

Visit Us

In the Spring and Summer we’re open 9am - 5pm, 7 Days a week, including Bank Holidays!

From Friday 29th May 2020, we will be CASHLESS. Accepted payment metohds: credit / debit cards (contctless or otherwise), Gift vouchers & voucher cards, Apple or Android Pay.


Here is a calender showing roughly what times of year different plants are available.

Our Autumn and Winter times are 9am - 4pm, 7 days a week.
(Nov 1st 2018 - Jan 31st 2019)

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Established in 1928

Not many Garden Centres can boast over ninety years of history, and yes, we have seen many changes over that period. Indeed change will continue as we strive always to supply the best in plants and facilities. One thing, however, will never change:

The core philosophy first introduced by Archibald John Mills way back in 1928 remains - the philosophy that built the company’s reputation, sustains it now, and will guide it in the future:

The best way to keep gardeners happy is to offer them plants of the highest quality, sold at reasonable prices.

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Horticultural Trades Association.

We are proud members of the HTA, the Horticultural Trades Association, which is ‘the’ UK’s garden trades association. The HTA has, for over 100 years, promoted the interests of its members and the industry at large.

Being a member offers us various benefits and for you, the customer, the membership should provide you with some reassurance that we are an establishment of quality that takes its responsibilities to its customers seriously.

It also enables us to offer you access to HTA backed schemes such as the national gift vouchers which are redeemable at other HTA partner businesses across the country.

Perennial GRBS

We are also proud to say that our chosen charity is Perennial GRBS (Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society). We are a Perennial Partner which means that we make an annual contribution to this worthy cause whose sole aim is to help people in many branches of horticulture including arboriculture, farming, professional gardening etc during their hours of need. Occasionally we will attach a donate button to our Facebook posts which will enable you to donate directly to this charity should you feel so inclined. Our industry is enternally thankful to those who are able to donate even the smallest amount. To find out more about their work please feel free to visit their website https://perennial.org.uk/

Dog Friendly.

We are a dog friendly establishment. We are listed with www.dogfriendly.co.uk who’s aim is to provide a directory of dog welcoming businesses accross the UK. All that we ask of you as a dog owner is that your four legged friend is kept on a lead at all times whilst wandering around the Nursery and that you clean up after them should the enivitable ‘accident’ occur.

You may access all areas of the Nursery with your pet but we ask that on busy days, you avoid queing at the tills with them especially if they are not very good around strangers. This area can feel a little confined & we feel that for anxious dogs it is best avoided. Most of the time however, you are welcome to queue & pooch may even get a dog treat if they are allowed.

One thing that we frown upon severly is the leaving of dogs in cars whilst owners are shopping. There is no excuse for this here & we have been known to release pets from boiling hot vehicles by all means at our disposal.

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