Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Things to do in the November garden

"Thank heavens the sun has gone in
And I don't have to go out and enjoy it!"

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

  • Finish cleaning spent plant material from the garden, and continue weeding. {Really? Continue weeding?? Well, if the weather is nice enough to get outside, it doesn't hurt to yank out a few stray dandelions or tufts of grass...}
  • Cut off ASPARAGUS tops and give the bed a winter dressing of seaweed or old manure. {I never did get any asparagus planted this year - we'll see what I can find when I'm in town this month...}
  • LIME lawns, vegetable beds, established roses, lilacs and clematis.
  • Give LAWNS a sharp raking to lift away accumulations of debris. 
  • STORE STAKES AND POLES sorted according to their various purposes for quick and easy access in the spring. {This includes tomato cages & pea netting}
  • Continue planting spring-flowering bulbs. PLANT lilies, roses, evergreens.
  • TIE CLIMBERS (roses and raspberries) securely to their supports, and cut back overlong canes that could whip about and be damaged in winter winds. {If your everbearing raspberries are finished producing that is!!}
  • CHECK onions, potatoes, and fruit in STORAGE. Remove any that have started to spoil or sprout.
  • CLEAN AND OIL tools. Sand down and oil wooden handles that have dried and become splintery.
  • Pot AMARYLLIS BULBS at the start of the month. Leave about a third of the bulb above the soil surface, and place the pot in a warm location for rapid rooting and bloom at Christmas. Until top growth begins, keep the soil a little on the dry side.
  • MOVE tender fuchsias to a frost-free place with high humidity, or bury the plants 12 inches deep in a dryish, protected part of the garden for the winter. {My fushias in hanging baskets are still blooming but have been moved down onto the deck in a sunny area - they will stay here til the beginning of December}
  • MOUND SOIL brought from another part of the garden around the bases of hardy fuchsias and roses.
  • ORDER some of the new year's SEED CATALOGUES. {Don't get me started on Seed Catalogues just yet...} 
  • Give the COMPOST PILE a good turning before winter sets in.
  • Monitor greenhouse plants & cuttings - water less. Check for drafts & patch if able.
I'm still going around taking larger sized cuttings of shrubs & planting them around the property. We've had frost a few times, but not a hard one, so the plants are not yet fully dormant & the ground is still warm(ish). Now is also a great time to revamp flower beds - at least here on the coast. I'm currently working on someone else's front bed that is infested with a 'weed' from Norway (given as a thoughtful gift but has now taken over). I will rip out as much as possible this month - easier to do with the wet soils - and then mulch heavily with newspaper & a layer of compost & soil.

November might not be as bad as it usually is...

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