November Garden Tasks

November Garden Tasks

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Wow, this year has been a doozy. With the COVID-19 pandemic and election woes, it is time to have some peace in our lives. Hopefully, you have been keeping up with your gardens and household chores. Your garden beds should be clean with a 1” layer of either topsoil or compost, getting ready for next year. The parts of your garden dedicated to the winter crops should have a good start. So what is the November tasks?

  • Continue to clean and clear your garden beds. Remove spent flower heads if you are not letting them go to seed.
  • Trim the deadwood off your trees, and remove any diseased branches or limbs from your trees and shrubs. No heavy pruning yet; that is still a couple months away.
  • Keep your garden clean of dead leaves, brush, make sure that you dispose of any diseased or sick leaves into the garbage, not into your compost pile.
  • If you are growing winter crops, then a good mulch of the tree leaves will protect the plant roots from the cold and help retain moisture. If you use the leaves, be sure to mulch them up with your lawnmower to reduce the volume, and the smaller size does not smother the roots when removing them in the spring.
  • The broccoli and cauliflower that was planted in September should be getting ready for harvest. Check for tightly closed florets. Start by cutting off the top of the bunch, leaving the side shoots as they will continue to produce.
  • Asparagus crowns can be planted this month. Ensure that you designate a spot in your garden bed that will allow long term planting as they will continue growing or 12-15 years before you have to replant.  It takes 2-3 years for a good harvest, so preparing the bed is important, and the genuine care of the bed is important for the life of the asparagus plant.
  • Harvest the produce. Apples, persimmons, pomegranates, mandarins, and avocados.
  • Now is the time to plant trees in pots for your patio, Japanese maples, citrus trees, crape myrtles, give an uplift to patios. Make sure if you already have patio trees that you feed them and keep them watered. The container should be at least 15 gallons in size to allow root growth. The container should have a gravel layer of broken terra cotta (good use for broken pots) at the bottom for good drainage.
  • Trim back your grapes and use the trimmings in your holiday décor. Twisting the branches into wreaths to decorate is a fun project for you and your children.
  • Gather all your tools and put them into the same area for storage. Clean off the dirt; we will take care of the rest in January. Just get them out of the weather for their protection.

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