Sunday, November 05, 2006



Now's the time to plant paperweight narcissus, hyacinths and amaryllis (indoors) for beautiful color and aroma on New Year's Day!

If you've had enough freezing days to render the ground hard,
begin to mulch roses and other shrubs, etc.

Putting wire guards on the bases of tree trunks will prevent mouse

Wrap plants in burlap for winter protection. Do NOT use plastic!
They can't breathe any better inside plastic than you can.

If you haven't fertilized your lawn or garden yet, now's the time!

Use anti-desiccant to prevent loss of water during the long winter if you haven't already.

It's a good idea to be sure your power equipment works properly. Now is the best time to take them to the shop for repairs and upkeep.

Wrap the trunks of smaller trees with plastic wrap, or wire mesh to protect them from rodents.

Add leaves and the last bits of cut grass to the compost.

Cover your compost heap or bin with plastic to keep the nutrients from being leached out from winter rain and snow.

Water your trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.

As you do that, check them for diseased foliage and remove it. Remember anything diseased should go into the garbage, NOT the compost.

If you have any left over bulbs, for goodness sake PLANT THEM NOW!!!

Are you going to have a live Christmas Tree? Dig the hole now, then cover the hole and the dirt you removed, so you can easily plant it when the time comes.

Any questions about November?


At November 06, 2006, Blogger Carol said...

Wow, that's a great list! I just potted up an amaryllis, but I think it'll be blooming by about December 12th, not after the 1st of the year. I plan to plant one a week for about 3 - 4 weeks to extend bloom from early December through mid-January...

At November 06, 2006, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Thanks for the kind words. All of those bulbs kind of have their own agendas! So, you’re right, you may very well have earlier bloom. It also depends on location, temperature, light, etc., etc.


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