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It’s November!  What needs to be done?


  • This is an ideal time to plant cool season greens such as spinach, lettuce, mustard, Swiss chard and arugula.
  • Planting trees and shrubs at this time will help them become established before the heat of summer weather arrives. Consider the mature size of the plant, especially trees, when deciding on variety and placement.
  • Dig a hole 2 to 4 times the diameter and one-inch shallower than the root ball. Make sure the root ball and the hole are thoroughly wet before planting. Back fill with the existing soil only and water well.

 Fertilizing and Pruning

  • Feed and water vegetables that you are growing now.
  • Feed winter annuals growing in the ground and containers with a water-soluble plant food.
  • Remove the tops of herbaceous perennials after they have died.

Garden Watch

  • Caterpillars like to feast on some cool-season annuals. If they are a problem, pick them off by hand and move them to another location. A spray containing Bt (Bacillis thuringiensis) can be used but it kills all caterpillars.
  • Check potted plants growing outside for insects and spray if you plan to bring them indoors over the winter.
  • Look for scale on cast-iron and other plants. Use a horticultural oil to control.

Thyme – Perennial: Creeping to 12” shrubs – Add to soups, salads, stuffing, sausage, clam chowder, bouquet garni, pork or lamb; used for making vinegar, marinades and oils. Lemon varieties are used in jelly and desserts. It is one of the fines herbes of French cuisine. Most thyme tends to be low growing compact plants. Grow from seeds or seedlings. Plant around a walkway as the oils release a delightful scent when walked on. Thyme reportedly benefits eggplant, potatoes and tomatoes when planted near them. In addition, gardeners recommend plantings of thyme to repel cabbageworms and whiteflies.

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