November TO DO

-Tidy your garden (1)
-Winterize garden shed & tools
-Drain & protect garden hoses
-Harvest your Fall garden! (2)
-Plant bulbs (3)
-Mark herbaceous plants (4)
-Propagate shrubs (5)
-Fight signs of disease (6)
-Harvest pears, and pecans
-Plant these in North Carolina
-Enjoy the Fall!

(1) Rake fallen leaves, and either add them to the compost heap, or bury them in the garden soil, that's left to rest over Winter. Mulch garden plants generously to give them good frostbite protection.
(2)Fall crops such as Turnip, and Mustard greens, Kale, Spinach, Onion tops, Broccoli, Brussel's sprouts, Lettuce, Radish, etc., are now ready for harvesting, and enjoying as salads, and pot greens.
(3)Plant Amarylis, Tulip, Paperwhites, and other Winter/Spring flowering bulbs, for continuous Winter blooms.
(4)Avoid accidents in flower beds! Bulbs, and roots of your herbaceous plants will soon be invisible, and prone to accidental damage. It's a good practice to mark their locations now, while you can still see the foliage.
(5)Shrubs that grew leggy branches, can be propagated by layering. It will multiply your favorite plants, without stressing the mother plant. Simply, gently press these branches, then remove foliage where it comes to contact with soil. Cover these areas with a little more soil on top, and weigh with a brick, to keep the branches in place. They will root, and be ready to be detached, and planted in the Spring.
Try this on shrubs, such as Rose, Lavender, Holly, and any other ones, you may have.
(6)Remove dead tops of your asparagus plants. Prune dead, dying, or diseased branches of shrubs, and trees. Avoid over pruning, since it may promote growth, too tender to withstand Winter chills. Please remember, - do not use diseased limbs in your compost, always burn them, instead.
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Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors: blogger, bulabean, David Strain, dive-angel (Karin),, flickr, Jasmine&Roses, Rita Crane Photography.
Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., W.D. Williams

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