Many people don’t think of November as the season for gardening, but there’s always something to do or harvest. Here’s what I do in the garden in November.
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15 Minutes a Day
As the chill in the air gets chillier, it’s easy to forget to visit the garden. But just 15 minutes a day will give you an opportunity to enjoy the changing season and get a few things checked off the garden to-do list. My “Garden Planning” series is built on a 15-minutes-a-day foundation.
Tasks in November
The tasks for this month are: harvesting, preparing the garden for winter, sowing garlic, and planting fruit plants.
Note: I’m in USDA hardiness zone 6a. Your experience may vary depending on your geographical location.
Harvest in November
- dried (soup) beans
- beets, chard, spinach
- broccoli, collard, kale, radish, rutabaga, turnips
- parsley, rosemary, thyme
- peppers, tomatoes
- sweet potatoes
Garden Maintenance in November
- Cut spent herbs and flowers or leave seed heads to feed the birds through the winter.
- Leave vegetables flowers for bees, then save the seed.
- Remove diseased plant matter and dispose in garbage.
- Water & weed.
- Add soil amendments to inactive gardens, mix with digging fork.
- Mulch beds with straw or shredded leaves.
- Bring out the cold frame to protect overwintering crops.
- berry bushes
- fruit trees
Are you harvesting lots of good stuff this fall or are you putting the garden to bed?