All about November

A Few Benefits of Having Your Own Vegetable Garden

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

There are many benefits associated with vegetable gardening that we do not normally think of. The eating of fresh fruits and vegetables has many health benefits associated with it, not to mention other positive aspects.

Organic gardening has in the past been done on a small scale compared to commercial produce gardens that provide a great deal of the foods we eat each and every day.

I can remember when I was a young boy we used to have a big vegetable garden that we would work in from spring all the way to the beginning or ending of fall. Depending on what we had planted. For example, I used to plant watermelons and the plants would live all the way until mid November or so.

This was typical of the Texas weather in the area where we lived. We could usually start our gardens in March and go all the way to November. In that 8 months time we could have all sorts of vegetables and fruits. We had such a large garden that it would provide food for us the whole year round.

When Is the Best Time to Start Setting Up a Garden Pond?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Garden ponds are stunning water features that can add a lot of excitement to a yard or garden. There are a lot of considerations to make when installing a garden pond on your property, and it is important to put a lot of research into your pond development and creation, otherwise you may make a fatal mistake that destroys the quality of your pond, or the fish or plant life that depend on it to thrive.

One of the most important considerations to make when setting a garden pond up on your property is when the best time is during the year. The best time of the year for you to build a garden pond is in November, or in other words during the end of the fall and the beginning of the winter. While this may seem like an odd time to create a pond that will be dedicated to fish and plant life, there are some very specific reasons for why this is.

  • By setting your pond up at the end of the fall or in the beginning of the winter, you are giving your pond ample time to settle down before the spring time comes. Fish depend on certain healthy bacteria and algae that need to grow before the water is ready for them.

November, Northwest Garden Call For Cleanup Sprays

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

With the coming of “winter” rains, arrival of bulbs in the stores and the beginning of the dormant season in nurseries, November becomes an action-packed month for Far West gardeners. It’s time, also, to transplant overgrown shrubs and trees. In the Northwest it’s time to use cleanup sprays. Wait until the latter part of November in California, though.

Disease and Pest Control. Use a powerful spray to rout invaders. Use a combination spray to eliminate both pests and diseases. Always check the manufacturer’s directions and ask for advice at your local garden center. Kill off the winter brood of snails by putting out plenty of metaldehyde bug pellets.

Roses – It’s none too soon to think of rose planting even though the work is to be done 60 days from now. In the meantime, study the catalogs and websites and make your decisions.

Which roses to select is always a question. There are the hybrid teas that form the foundation of the garden and come in all colors. There are floribundas with only slightly smaller flowers and some that grow in clusters and are used for a mass effect of color. They are most effective in hedges or borders or in adding color to a perennial border. Standard or tree roses for accent in the garden lend height or formality.

What to Do in the Garden in November

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

November is a busy month in the garden. Time spent now in pruning, tidying and protecting your plants and trees will pay dividends in the spring.

Weeding in November prevents roots thickening and spreading over the winter months, making them a nuisance when the temperature warms up in March. So as soon as ground becomes clear, dig over the soil and spread manure. This is also a good time to double dig areas of ground where total replanting or a new vegetable garden is being planned or poor/heavy soil is preventing growth.

Just remove the top layer to form a shallow trench and then dig over the soil at the bottom of the trench adding compost. Then repeat, filling the first trench with the top soil from the second; the soil from the first trench then fills in the last trench.

Garden Weddings Benefit From Professional Planning

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The one time you do not want to see any specious flowers or plants is during a garden wedding. Even as it is true that wedding planners are notorious for their use of these fake flora in order to bring to the forefront a certain mood or ambiance, within the confines of a beautiful garden wedding, these kinds of decorations should be avoided.

At the very heart of a nature setting is of course the purity of the elements as well as the purity of the emotions it evokes. Unadulterated love is being celebrated at this kind of outdoor marriage celebration and the clean air, the scents of the flowers, and the gentle rustling of the breeze in the tree tops makes for the ideal backdrop to this kind of occasion.

As a wedding planner you wish to ensure to preserve the integrity of the nature theme while at the same time working within the confines of the budget concerns your client couple may have as well as the available locations. Another thing to consider when planning a garden wedding is of course the weather. While many understand that a November garden wedding is ill advised – no matter where in the country you reside – because of the possibility of inclement weather, it is also true that with a bit finesse you will be able to present the kind of venue to your clients that comes close to the garden without actually being located out of doors.

Your Flowers, Shrubs and the Greenhouse in Mid November

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Korean chrysanthemums may survive the winter in the border, but they are safer lifted, boxed and placed at the base of a wall, and in severe weather covered with sacking. When you check on your hedges, note that any basal gaps in hawthorn hedges can be made good by bending down and pegging young shoots to fill the empty spaces.

Viburnum fragrans or the hybrid V. x bodnantense are my choice for the patient gardener looking for a sweet-scented, winter-flowering shrub, however these plants take time to settle down and flower. Care should be taken when forking, weeding or aerating the rose beds, and the fork tines should not penetrate the soil deeper than 2 ins. for fear of damaging surface roots or bulbs, if they are present. Heathers can be planted even if in flower, but note that light, peaty soil suits them well.

In the greenhouse the early planted spring bulbs will soon be ready to come indoors from the plunge. Put them first into semi-light, and then gradually into full light. Paperwhite and Soleil d’Or narcissus are the earliest per­formers, but others may be brought into the light gradually after six or eight weeks in the dark, when they should have made sound root systems.

Gardening Tasks Inside and Outside the Greenhouse in Mid to Late November

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Fuchsias are about to take a rest, but there are some plants that never become completely dormant in a greenhouse. They will require less to drink but must not be allowed to dry out and should be watered as soon as leaves droop, any tender plants in a cold house should be plunged in soil to keep the frost from their roots.

Now is the time to stake winter-flowering begonias, and prune the plumbago and oleander.

Lilies in pots may be re-potted, and dead scales must be removed. The pots can be placed in frames until the lilies start to grow, when they should be brought into the greenhouse.

Gloxinia seed can be sown from now until March to flower from May onwards. The seeds are minute and should be sown thinly, pressed into the compost and covered with a sheet of glass. A propagation frame, and a temperature of about 16:C or 61°F. will hasten germination. The seedlings are best pricked out with a wooden label and the glass replaced over the pan.

In the vegetable garden, winter lettuce should be covered with cloches.

Gardening in the Month of November

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

November is the second to the last month of the year. It is STILL a good time to plant. You can still plant trees, shrubs, flowers and much more. For color you can’t go wrong with pansies, if planted now you can have beautiful flowers and color until late April.

You can plant directly into the ground or in just about any container as long as it has good drainage. Use a good quality potting soil with additional amounts of perlite to help loosen and add tiny air pockets and help roots to “breathe”.

Plant them in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. Feed with an “all purpose fertilizer such as Peters 20-20-20. Remove spent blossoms regularly to encourage new blooms. You can also add stock, dianthus and snapdragons to this list as well.

This is also a great time to over-seed your bermuda grass lawn. You may use annual rye or perennial rye. Annual rye will stay green through the the winter months and begin to die off in the summer heat. You will have to repeat this process again in the fall. Perennial rye in bermuda will co-exist through the season. You may have patchy areas of green and dormant grass the following fall season depending on the amount of water and shade your lawn receives.

November Gardening Tips For Southern California

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Winter gardens have a beauty all their own and November is the time to plant hearty cool season flowers, trees and vegetables in Southern California.

Certain Flowers Thrive in Cool Weather: Plant fall annuals such as pansies, violas, primrose and calendula so they will be in full fall and winter bloom. Perennials including nemesia, godetia and schizanthus are also good choices for a richly varied fall and winter flower garden.

Keep Lawns Healthy: Rake falling leaves from lawns as leaves could impede lawn growth. If a lawn is looking “tired,” sow in annual rye seeds to cover brown spots and to introduce new growth. After seeding, scatter a light covering of soil amendment and water thoroughly.

November Garden Calendar – What to Do

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

In Northern United States and Canada

Plant deciduous trees and shrubs that are to be set this Fall without delay. Stake any that need support to prevent them being damaged by Winter gales. A mulch placed over the ground around newly planted trees and shrubs is helpful. The first part of November is Tulip planting time. Set the bulbs in deeply prepared, well-drained, fertile soil at even depth.

Now is the time to make hardwood cuttings of a wide variety of deciduous shrubs and some trees. Let the cuttings be pieces of shoots that have grown this year, eight to ten inches long and of healthy, well-ripened wood. After the cuttings are made, tie them in bundles and bury them horizontally outdoors or in a coldframe or cool cellar under six to eight inches of moist sand. In early Spring remove the bundles from the sand, untie them, and plant the cuttings vertically in nursery rows with just their tips showing above the surface.

There is still time to insert cuttings of evergreens, such as Hollies, Boxwood, Yews, English Ivy and Euonymus in a propagating bed of sand and peat moss in a cool greenhouse, but the cuttings should be made before they have been subjected to very severe freezing. Complete without delay the Fall clean-up of the garden. Make sure that everything is shipshape for Winter.

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