Tips - November
November is the month to get ready for winter. Here are some things you should plan to
address in the garden:
TREES- Clean up diseased leaves and any mummified fruit on the trees. Once leaves are gone use Liquid Copper on
your peaches, nectarines, cherries and apricots and Lime Sulfur for the apples
– Get them in the ground. Its good to
get them early, but you have till the end of December if you are a
– Forgot to fertilize last month? You
can still put down a good organic fertilizer.
The benefit will be a stronger resurgence in the spring. Thick turf means less invasive weeds.
– February is the month to prune roses, but if yours are tall and in danger of
damage from snow then you should cut them back part way to lessens the chance
of damage. Cut them cay in height and finish the dormant pruning after the new
year. Other than that don’t do much
pruning except dead and damaged wood removal.
– It’s not too late to do your fall planting, but get it done before December
if you can to beat the cold and wet soil and weather.
– If you haven’t already done so apply 2-4 inches on compost/mulch in your
flower beds. Vegetable gardens can use a
cover crop/mulch for the winter. Steer
manure works well for winter cover in vegetable gardens, or consider a green
cover crop. If you really want to do it
up use ½-1 inch of worm castings in
those vegetable, annual and perennial beds and then top that off with mulch,
what a difference it will come spring.
BEDS – If you haven’t done so, you want to clean those perennial beds, cutting
back spent flowers and cleaning out dead undergrowth. Divide peonies and iris, daylilies too.
AND DRIP SYSTEMS – Drain your irrigation systems and prepare for those freezing
night time temperatures. Also, make sure
your garden drains well over the winter. You may want to open drains, clean out
drainage swales and correct any chronic wet spots.