15 Garden Tasks to Accomplish in November
Fall is now officially upon us. With Daylight Savings Time ending for most of the country, early evenings make it difficult to get any real gardening done during the week. Take advantage of your weekends!
So, what should you be doing in your garden during the late fall season? Here’s a list of 15 November garden tasks:
· Time to pot up and force bulbs such as Amaryllis, Hyacinths and Paperwhites for the holidays and January. These bursts of color and fragrance will be a welcome delight come late December and early January.
· Clean out the bird bath from fall leaves, then keep it topped off with water throughout the frost and cold season. Our feathered friends will appreciate having water accessible.
· Drain and store your hoses. Cover up the hose bibs to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting!
· As mentioned in October’s list, go ahead and leave some of the grasses, the rose hips, and other seed-laden plants alone. Don’t rush to clip off the developing seed pods. Wildlife will utilize those for shelter and food over the winter months. Many plants add fall and winter beauty to your garden scene.
· Clean out bird feeders from the summer months. Refill to encourage birds to continue visiting your garden over the cold season.
· Keep raking up fall leaves from your lawn, and add to compost, or mulch them for use in the flower beds. Mulched leaves can add a protective layer over perennials as they go dormant for the winter. You can easily remove them once spring arrives. Or, you may want to work them into the soil next spring to add organic manner. In the meantime, don’t worry so much about having your flower beds raked clean.
· After the first frost, lift and store your dahlia tubers.
· Mulch your rose bushes to protect against freezing temps. Mound soil around the crown and cover the bud union. Protect your climbing roses by tying down the canes to protect them from wind damage.
· Keep watering until the ground temps are 40 degrees F.
· While out there, turn the compost pile!
· If needed, give your lawn one final mowing.
· Finish up planting remaining fall bulbs! They need to get some time to grow roots prior to freezes.
· Peruse the bulb catalogues, and get those orders in ASAP or you’ll miss out on the most coveted bulbs. You can also check out our Pinterest board on bulbs for some wonderful examples of bulbs to enjoy next year.
· Order your seeds for next year’s vegetable garden while your favorites are fresh in your mind from this summer’s crop! It’s a good time to research new varieties, or check out some of the great heritage seeds available on the market. Some companies may have seeds on sale if they’ve overestimated the seed needed for next season, so check the Sale tab!
· Clean and store any tools that you’re done with for the season. Be sure and clean, sharpen, and then store them properly. An easy storage solution is to put them in a bucket of sand and mineral oil mixed together. A mix of about 4-4.5 gallons of sand with .5 gallons of mineral oil poured over the top should work fine.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s long-range weather predictions for 2016-2017 are available, and they say while last winter was a reprieve from shoveling and high fuel bills, the party is over. According to the 2017 Old Farmers’ Almanac, “Winter is back!” and is on its way across the United States! And with an 80% accuracy rate, it’s best to get your garden buttoned up and ready.
Enjoy your November garden tasks – see you next month!
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