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Garden Tasks for November

Always remember the beauty of the garden,
for there is peace.

- Author Unknown


  • Continue garden clean-up and turn compost pile.

  • Remove spent annuals or annuals killed by frost.

  • Add all disease-free plant material to compost.

  • Complete soil preparation for fall or spring planting.

  • Begin to clean, repair, and store tools, hoses, and other garden equipment.

  • Shut off, drain, and check irrigation equipment.

  • Complete planting of hardy plants for winter display such as cabbage, kale, pansies, and violas.

Vegetables and Herbs

  • Finish fall harvesting.  Mix manure into all beds.

  • Clean up and store trellises, cages, poles, stakes, etc.

  • Finish collecting fall leaves and tilling them into the soil; shredding speeds decomposition.

Patio and Container Plants

  • Dispose of plants that are spent.

  • Bring in the last tender plants to over-winter if not done previously.

  • Bring in or cover terra cotta and cement containers.

Tree and Shrubs

  • Keep falling leaves from piling up against the trunks of trees- the leaves can trap moisture and cause root rot.

  • Plant deciduous trees and conifers any time.

  • Use hardware cloth or screening to protect trunks and stems of woody plants if susceptible to rodent damage.

  • Take a garden inventory and remove plants that have not performed well.


  • Rake up rose leaves which may harbor pest eggs or disease.

  • Prepare soil to mound over the graft union for winter protection.

  • Do not mound or use rose collars until temperatures are consistently below freezing.

Perennials and Bulbs

  • Continue fall cleanup.

  • Finish dividing and transplanting crowded plants.

  • Finish planting spring-flowering bulbs.

  • Apply high-phosphate fertilizer like  "Espoma Triple Super Phosphate", bone meal, or garden food as needed.

  • Prepare soil for spring plantings as space opens up in the beds.

  • Mark the location of perennials in your garden with stakes before foliage is gone.  Then you can cultivate the soil and plant in fall and early spring without fear of harming your existing plants.

  • Mulch after ground freezes.


  • Rake leaves and debris as needed.

  • Mow newly over-seeded grass at inch above normal.

  • Water if dry fall.

  • Apply "Greenview", "Winter Green" or "2-Way Green Power" weed- and-feed if not applied previously.

Ecology Tip

  • Store  pesticides correctly over the winter. dry pesticides should be stored in an airtight container to prevent moisture-absorption. All pesticides should be stored at a cool room-temperature to prevent freezing or overheating.  in addition to damaging containers, temperature extremes can destroy the potency of some  pesticides.

Adapted from Reader's Digest "1001 Hints and Tips for your Garden," 1998.