November Gardening To-Dos

In the Garden

  • Finish garden cleanup and weeding; leave some seeds on flowers for birds.
  • Mulch roses but don’t prune severely now.
  • Move tender container plants into winter shelter.
  • Mulch gunnera and hardy fuchsia to protect throughout the winter.
  • When tender perennials have died back, mulch around the base of the plant to protect from frost.
  • Plant peony roots for bloom next spring. Roots planted in the spring will not flower until the following year.

Fruits & Veggies

  • Pile fall leaves over unplanted areas and over any root crops saved for winter eating.

The Lawn

  • Let your lawn rest through the winter.
  • Avoid walking on soggy lawn so the soil doesn’t get compressed. Roots need water and oxygen to stay healthy.
  • Mow if necessary.

Around the House

  • As days get shorter, add warmth light and fragrance to your home with candles.
  • Decorate in warm hues.
  • Plan your holiday menu and tabletop décor.
  • Make a plan and commit to feeding wild birds and hummingbirds over the winter.
  • Pick up your holiday poinsettia hostess gifts.
  • Add fresh décor to your home after pulling out your holiday decorations from last year to see what you need.
  • Pick up a fresh cut or live tree.
  • Get out your holiday lights; untangle and test them.
  • Cut back on indoor plant watering.