Monday, November 01, 2010



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!!! (Assuming you live where the ground is still soft enough to plant!)

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.


At November 09, 2010, Anonymous Stan Horst said...

Thanks for the list of things that need done. Seems every year, I forget something. This gave me the idea of making a custom list for my garden to keep on my computer. I do the same for camping and travel, and just print it off when I'm ready to pack. It has served me well by reminding me of all the things I should take. I'm sure a similar list would do the same for gardening, if I remember to look at it! :-)

Stan Horst

At November 09, 2010, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Hey Stan, Check my other blog that gives the whole years chores, by month.

At November 22, 2010, Anonymous Kendra said...

Excellent info in this post. I've been getting a kick out of what I've been reading here lately.


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