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November To Do List


  • If you had an unproductive veggie or fruit crop, or a shrub that didn’t flower for no reason, gather a soil sample before the ground freezes and take to the local Extension Office for analysis.  Some amendments can be applied yet this fall if needed.
  • Mulch strawberry plants with 2” of straw.
  • Cut asparagus to the ground after tops turn brown.
  • If starting a new strawberry or asparagus bed for next year, do the tilling and soil prep now.
  • Prepare beds for peas and spinach for next spring.
Perennials & Annuals
  • Rake leaves and till them under, compost them or use as winter protection for tender plants.
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs up until the ground freezes.  Pot some for winter indoor forcing for winter blooms.
  • Don’t deadhead perennials, biennials and annuals if you want them to self sow – or shake pods around before removing spent plants.

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November To Do List


  • Continue to plant trees & shrubs into this month and longer as long as the ground doesn't freeze.
  • Clean all fallen fruit from under fruit trees to avoid harboring disease and pests next spring.
  • Winter protect roses with rose collars and mulch.
  • If rainfall is sparse, continue to water trees, shrubs   & evergreens so they enter dormancy well-hydrated.  Evergreens are particularly vulnerable to desiccation and winterburn.
  • Prune out dead, damaged and diseased wood in trees and shrubs before winter when harsh weather can tear limbs and cause extra damage.
  • Remove suckers and  water sprouts, too.


  • Take mower in for service and beat the spring rush, then run it dry and store without gas.
  • A Nov. application or fall fertilizer is very beneficial to your lawn.


  • Pot up Amaryllis and Paperwhites for holiday  blooms.
  • Empty hoses of any water and store for winter.
  • Clean and sharpen garden tools and apply a light coating of oil.  Store them in a dry place.

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