For many gardeners, November means it’s time to turn your attention to the holidays. Among the top items on your gardening calendar for November: forcing indoor bulbs in time for Christmas.
When you plant paperwhites and amaryllis in decorative pots this month, they’ll be blooming for the holidays. These flowers make excellent gifts. So, go ahead and keep some for yourself to brighten up your own indoor space.
Outside, if weather permits, prepare your garden. Add compost to flower beds and a layer of mulch around shrubs and other plants to keep them warm through winter. Fill any bare spots in your garden with flowering cabbage and kale.
When you’re done with your outdoor work, wipe down your garden tools and store them away in a covered location, if possible.
Now all you need to do is enjoy your garden’s bounty on your Thanksgiving table.
November Gardening Checklist:
Force paperwhites for Holiday Blooms
Perfect for gifts, flower bulbs such as paperwhites and amaryllis can be planted in November so they bloom in time for gorgeous holiday blooms. White and brightly-colored blooms will brighten up your indoor space on the coldest days, plus they make excellent gifts. Learn about holiday houseplants.
Prepare next year’s garden
Take advantage of good weather days by preparing next year’s garden beds. If you haven’t already cleaned out your garden, go ahead and rake your garden beds of spent blooms and plants. Prepare next year’s annual garden by mixing in 3 inches of compost with a rake. Add a layer of mulch to protect dormant bulbs and other perennials, and shrubs and trees.
clean and store garden tools
Once you’re done with all your gardening tasks for fall, clean up and store your garden tools. Just rinse the tools and towel dry. Rub steel wool on garden tool blades to remove any debris and rust. Coat with multi-purpose oil or WD-40. Find out more on how to clean garden tools.
enjoy your harvest on thanksgiving
Make your Thanksgiving feast enjoyable with vegetables and herbs from your garden. Now is a great time to use preserves and reserves for your meal and enjoy the bounty from your garden on your Thanksgiving table.
After trimming evergreen tree branches in your yard, use them in a window box or container by your entryway for a seasonal display. Read more about Pacific Northwest regional gardening tips.
Plant cool season pansies and primroses before cold weather sets in. Read more about North California Coastal regional gardening tips.
Don’t forget to reset the timer on your irrigation system to water less frequently as the weather cools down. Read more about South California Coastal regional gardening tips.
Because temperatures can dip to freezing, use frost protection, including plant covers, burlap or frost blankets to extend the growing season for fall vegetables and flowers. Read more about Southwestern Desert regional gardening tips.
Consider ways to deer-proof your landscape with contact, area or electronic repellents. Choose a dry day when temperatures reach above freezing. Read more about Western Mountains regional gardening tips.
Now is a great time to evaluate and plan garden paths, retaining walls and use of landscape rocks to add dimension in your garden. When weather permits, implement your plans. Read more about High Plains gardening tips.
Don’t forget to water newly planted shrubs and trees until the ground freezes. Make sure to apply mulch for warmth through winter, if you haven’t already. Read more about Northern Midwest regional gardening tips.
Don’t let your young trees become meals for rabbits, voles and mice. Protect tree trunks with protective tree wrapping, which also acts as an insulating barrier. Read more about Central Midwest regional gardening tips.
Observe the changing colors in your landscape and make plans to add more colorful shrubs and trees next year. Read more about Mid-Atlantic regional gardening tips.
Protect newly planted trees and shrubs from wind damage by staking and using covers, if necessary. Read more about New England regional gardening tips.
Now is your last chance to fertilize cool season grasses, including tall fescue. Read more about Upper South regional gardening tips.
Transplant faded mums to the garden. Shear stems to four inches and mulch lightly. Repeat in May and September. Read more about Middle South regional gardening tips.
Plan now for bringing tropical plants inside during harsh weather. Plant caddies make the job of moving them easier. Read more about Lower South regional gardening tips.
Add a composter in a corner of your yard. Mix fallen leaves and other garden debris and use a compost starter to boost the process. Read more about Coastal and Tropical South regional gardening tips.
Keep vegetables and annuals fresh and thriving with regular applications of a balanced organic liquid fertilizer. Read more about South Florida regional gardening tips.
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