10 Things to Do in the Garden in November

Garden tips from the experts for right now

Whether you are maintaining an existing arrangement or digging in to a fall/winter garden, here’s our November garden guide for tips on what to do this month:

November garden guide

Bury herb and lettuce seeds (and put some in the ground for my family to enjoy) in pretty pots and bowls to give as hostess and holiday gifts next month.

Plant potatoes.

November garden guideTo get beds filled with a pleasing scent and frilly blooms by spring, plant sweet peas now. Give them excellent drainage, and pick them when they bloom to encourage more flowers.

Because we live in an area where the growing season is long, strong pepper plants may need some help staying upright. Secure leaning pepper plants to sturdy stakes.

Fertilize roses and grass.

Pick tomatoes before the cold weather sets in.

Turn compost and garden soil before temperatures drop.

Harvest pumpkins with 2-inch handles when the rinds are hard with even color.

Save wood ash to incorporate into the soil.

This is the ideal time to plant cool-season strawberries. Varieties that master gardener’s recommend for our mild climate include ‘Sequoia,’ ‘Seascape,’ ‘Chandler,’ ‘Albion,’ and ‘Quinault.’ Plant them close to the edge of raised beds or containers so berries can dangle over the edge. Use a slow-release fertilizer throughout the season.

San Diego Garden Events for Green Thumbs in November

November garden guideOn November 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, the San Diego Botanic Garden is hosting a Composting and Vericomposting workshop that’s all about worms—keeping the invertebrates happy and healthy, including what and how to feed them, making a worm bin and worm casting harvesting methods. Visit solanacenter.org for more information and to register.

The San Diego Horticultural Society hosts a monthly series of classes, gatherings and lectures. On November 12, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, Karl Gercens, who has made contributions in design, installation and maintenance of world-renowned conservatory displays, talks about Exploring the World of Horticulture. For more info and to see some of Karl’s photos, including the one above of Wethersfield Garden, a 3-acre formal landscape located just outside Millbrook, N.Y., visit sdhort.org.

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