November Task

Gardening tasks for November

  • Pull dead annuals and, if not diseased, add to the compost pile.
  • Cut (do not pull) flower heads and dry foliage from perennials.
  • Drain hoses, turn off irrigation systems and cover faucets if a freeze is predicted.
  • Cover winter squash. A slight frost will improve the flavor by converting starch to sugar.
  • Plant garlic, kale, turnips, pansies, flowering kale and cabbage and snapdragons.
  • Plant dormant trees.
  • Dry herbs for Holiday greenery. Use Artemisia, Rosemary, Thyme, Elaeagnus, English Ivy and Nandina.
  • Take cuttings of herbs for new plants.
  • Sow rows of poppies, bachelor’s button, larkspur and sweet pea for Spring color.
  • Plant spring bulbs and Spring and Summer blooming perennials like daisies, daylilies and iris.
  • Cut mums back to 2-3” after blooms fade.
  • Test your soil.
  • Cut back tender herbs like lemon grass and freeze.
  • Move pot plants inside. Be sure to look closely for insects.
  • Add mulch to all beds.
  • Water and turn compost piles. Add those leaves!
  • Pick tomatoes before a freeze. Let ripen indoors.
  • Put out bird feeders and keep filled.
  • Water all plants.
  • Mulch strawberry plants 2-4” to protect from freeze.
  • Order seeds for planting next Spring.
  • Cut your Tropical Milkweed all the way to the ground – BEFORE Thanksgiving.

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