November arrived with cooler temperatures; there is definitely a brisk movement in the air.
We have roses still blooming after enjoying 70 and 80 degree temperatures from October, what a treat!
The garden is pretty quiet abut now, but there are a few quick things to remember especially if you planted a fall garden. I’m going to dive in and hope these tips will help you through the month of November.
No freeze here yet, which is great! Make sure you’re prepared by having tarps or burlap handy for covering plants; a freeze can hit any time once November arrives.
I believe we’re expected to see one around the 13th; it’s always a mystery. By covering your plants you can extent your fall garden pretty much through winter depending on how low the temperatures become over the winter period.
Covering the ground with hay or mulch is another way to protect your veggies even when temperatures are in the mild mid 40’s.
Remember you’ll still need to cover them prior to freezing temperatures.
The Fruit Garden
This is the time to prune grapevines and fruit trees. I like to get it done now because the weather is so unpredictable in January and February.
You’ll also want to mulch before the end of the month, straw or hay would work fine. Don’t forget pruned branches are great for propagating. Just stick them in an empty beds with good fertilized soil and they will take root.
I do this with berry cuttings all the time.
The Flower Garden
There isn’t much to do in the floral garden except enjoy what’s still trying to bloom. For my garden that would be roses, a few mums and this amazing pink planter I will share at a later date. Everything else is just quiet with a combination of green everywhere.
The ground is normally pretty damp this time of year which means it’s a good time to clean up lawn and flower borders around the raised beds. I also recommend spreading leafs and manure in these beds.
This will spark a beautiful spring as plants will be revived and ready to wake up.
Flowers are an important part of the garden; they offer many benefits and have a great way of brightening our day.
With winter approaching this is the perfect time to sit back and read your notes from your year and use them to help you plan over the winter for the following season. If you might need a garden planner then sign up for our newsletter we have one free for download in our resource library.
Make plans for the future and perhaps think about adding in a little color next season.