Temperate Climate November Garden Calendar

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November Calendar

For Temperate climates

 

· ►Trees and Shrubs

o Prune overgrown hollies by cutting the top branches to mere stubs while leaving the lower branches longer. Use prunings for holiday decorations.

o Take a garden inventory and remove plants that have not performed well.

o Collect a soil sample and have it tested for nutrient content.

· ►Annuals

o Continue garden cleanup and turn the compost pile.

o Complete soil preparation for fall or spring plantings.

o Begin to clean, repair, and store tools, hoses and other garden equipment.

o Shut off drain, and check irrigation equipment in colder areas.

o Complete performance notes.

o Complete planting of hardy plants for winter display.

· ►Perennials and Bulb

o Continue autumn cleanup.

o Finish dividing and transplanting crowded bulbs.

o Finish planting spring flowering bulbs.

o Apply high-phosphate fertilizer as needed.

o Prepare soil for spring planting as space opens up in the beds.

o Fill in with hardy annuals for winter display.

· ►Roses

o After roses shed their leaves, cut the canes back by ½ to reduce winter damage.

o Dig up tree roses and lay them flat on the ground. Cover all parts with a foot of well-drained, sandy soil.

o Rake up rose leaves, which may harbor pest eggs or disease.

o Plant bare-root roses in the warmer parts of this region.

o Prepare new beds to be planted in the spring.

· ►Vegetables and Herbs

o Finish fall harvesting. Mix fresh manure into all beds except those to be planted with root crops.

o Dig and store root crops in cool, moist sand.

o Clean up and store trellises, cages, bean poles, and stakes.

o Finish collecting fall leaves and tilling them into the soil; shredding speeds their decomposition.

o Where snowfall is erratic, place a snow fence to create insulating drifts.

· ►Tomatoes

o Complete garden cleanup before the fall rains arrive.

o As weather allows, till more fallen leaves into the soil.

o Incorporate manure, compost and other needed amendments into the beds now to break down and mellow over winter.

o Make sure tools and supplies are safely stored away for the winter.

· ►Lawns

o Rake up leaves and debris as needed.

o Mow newly overseeded grass at ½ inch above normal for a manicured appearance.

o Water if autumn is dry.

o Trim tree limbs and prune shrubs over areas where grass had difficulty growing because of shade.

o Establish a new lawn with sod if the ground isn’t frozen.

o Apply pre-emergent herbicides.

· ►Patio and Container Plants

o Finish Autumn cleanup after killing frosts

o Complete planting of all spring blooming bulbs

o Replace any remaining summer plants with those having winter or early spring color or interest.

o Bring in the last tender plants for over wintering if not done already.

 

Source: Reader’s Digest 1001 Hints & Tips For Your Garden