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November

Flowers & Ornamental Grasses

Flowers & Ornamental Grasses

Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

  • Incorporate shredded fall leaves into vacant gardens. They will break down over winter, improving the soil. Cover with a layer of leaves to prevent erosion.
  • Those in milder climates can plant winter crops of lettuce, spinach and other greens in the garden. Use a cold frame or row covers to protect them from cold winter temperatures if needed.
  • Mulch carrots, parsnips and turnips as temperatures drop.  Then harvest in winter for a tasty treat.
  • Continue fall clean up. Removing and disposing of diseased leaves, fruit and annual plants is the first step in pest control.
  • Cut fall bearing raspberries to the ground.  This eliminates the summer crop but encourages a larger and earlier fall harvest next year.
  • Gather and save leftover seeds for next year’s garden. Place in an airtight container and store in a consistently cool place like the refrigerator.
  • Those gardening in colder regions need to gather liquid fertilizers and pesticides from both sheds and unheated garages.  Inventory and store these and other pesticides in a secure location away from pets and children.  Keep liquids out of direct sun and in a frost-free location.  Move granules to a secure, dry space for storage.

Groundcovers & Vines

Groundcovers & Vines

Indoor & Holiday Plants

Indoor & Holiday Plants

Lawns

Lawns

  • Continue cutting the grass high as long as it grows. Leave the short clippings on the lawn, adding moisture, nutrients and organic matter to the soil.
  • Shred leaves as you mow and leave them on the lawn. These also add nutrients and organic matter to the soil. As long as you can see the grass blades through the leaf pieces, the lawn will be fine.
  • Northern gardeners can still make their final application of Milorganite low nitrogen fertilizer in early November before the ground freezes.
  • Once the mowing season is over clean, sharpen blades and properly prepare your mower for storage.
  • Shovel the snow first before applying a plant-friendly deicing salt. You’ll reduce the amount of salt needed and minimize the damage to your lawn.

Trees, Shrubs & Roses

Trees, Shrubs & Roses

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