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
I always harvest and process first before doing anything else in the garden. You’ve worked so hard to grow things–capitalize on your effort before adding more work!
- dried (soup) beans
- Beet family: beets, chard, spinach
- Cabbage family: broccoli, collard, kale, radish, rutabaga, turnips
- Herbs: parsley, rosemary, thyme
- Nightshade family: peppers, tomatoes
- Here are some tips for freezing peppers and drying them
- Here’s how to freeze tomatoes in small batches
- Here are more tips for using and preserving tomatoes and peppers
- sweet potatoes
Garden Maintenance in November
Here are the things I do in my garden to put the garden to bed and prepare for the winter months.
- Add soil amendments to inactive gardens with a digging fork.
- It’s the perfect time of year to improve soil.
- Collect flower and herb seeds.
- Cut spent herbs and flowers, or leave seed heads to feed the birds through the winter. I like to cut back herbs and use them as fertilizer.
- Leave vegetable flowers for bees, then save the seed.
- Mulch beds.
- Here are some mulching tips.
- Remove diseased plant matter and dispose in garbage.
- Put (non-diseased) dead plant matter in the compost. Cut plants at the base and leave their roots intact.
- Set up a cold frame for fall and overwintering crops.
- Here are some cold frame tips.
- Water & weed.
Once my existing garden is under control, then I plant for the future!
- garlic (chesnok red hardneck variety is my favorite)
- berry bushes (Maybe some elderberry?)
- fruit trees
- Here are my fruit tree planting tips.
- rhubarb (try a beautiful red rhubarb)
Are you harvesting lots of good stuff this fall or are you putting the garden to bed?