2009 November calendar County Gardener


Here it is — November already. This article will give you the garden calendar update.

For the First Week of November:

• Plant remainder of spring flowering bulbs.

• Pull up diseased-free annuals and add to compost pile along with leaves and leftover garden material.

• Cut back and mulch perennials. Mulching will insulate them from the winter cold, and cutting them back will give them a tidy appearance.

• Dig up dahlias, caladiums, gladiolus, etc. Wash away soil; dry, label and place in a bag or box; and cover with sphagnum, moss, saw dust, or perlite. Store in a cool, dry place.

The Second Week of November:

• Pot amaryllis to have them bloom by winter.

• Drain and bring in garden hoses and sprinklers to avoid freezing damage.

• Transplant trees and shrubs after leaves have dropped.

• Clean up garden and plant cover crop to improve existing soil condition.

• Prevent mice and rabbits from damaging young trees by wrapping the base of the trunks 18 inches high with screening.

• Cut back roses 18 to 20 inches and mulch heavily to give them protection and help them survive the winter.

The Third Week of November:

• Fertilize shade and peach trees.

• Cut leaf material down to ground level after frost has killed the leaf stalks on perennial vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb.

• Mulch evergreens.

• Store apples or pears separately from vegetables. These fruits give off a gas that speeds the ripening and breakdown of vegetables and that also changes their flavors.

• Water all trees and shrubs thoroughly every week until the ground freezes to prevent winter windburn.

The Last Week of November:

• Cut chrysanthemum stems back to ground level after they have stopped blooming. Add these stems, dried leaves and branches to the compost pile.

• Collect grapevines for making wreaths after the leaves have fallen in the woods.

• While in the woods, collect nuts, old bird nests, and pine cones to be used for decorating.

• Pay careful attention to houseplants throughout the winter.

• Check guy wires around newly planted trees to make sure they will not be damaged by windy weather throughout the fall and winter.