How To Keep Your Garden In Top Shape In November
Hi Garden Friends!
Thanks so much for sticking with me. November in Southern California usually brings more fall-like weather (cooler temps, low clouds and fog, and maybe even a touch of rain) although we are still susceptible to occasional dry Santa Ana conditions and high fire danger (i.e. low humidity).
Here are tasks you can do in November to keep your garden in top shape:
- Clean up fallen leaves on a weekly basis and toss in the composter or green bin. Wet leaves left too long on the ground can harbor fungal diseases that get into the soil and can affect plants.
- Pull up dead or faded summer annuals.
- Trim trees of dead and crossed branches.
- Cut back grasses that have turned brown.
- Add a layer of mulch to your flowerbeds to insulate the soil and to help reduce water runoff when it rains.
- Peach and nectarine trees, which have already lost their leaves, should be sprayed with a sulfur or copper based fungicide to prevent leaf curl (a common fungal disease which inhibits fruit growth).
- Keep weeding if necessary.
- Prune roses once they have stopped blooming.
- If you live in an area that has frosts or freezes annually, protect tender potted plants by bringing them inside into an unheated garage or basement with a window. Water just enough to keep soil minimally moist.
- Turn off irrigation when it rains.
- California nurseries are usually full of winter annuals at this time of year, so add some color to your garden by planting Iceland poppies, hellebores, pansies, sweet alyssum, snap dragons, calendula, and cyclamen.
- Refresh and replant your vegetable garden with winter veggies including lettuces, kale, chard, Asian greens, carrots, radishes, beets, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, and leeks.
If you have additional gardening questions, please let me know! Enjoy your garden!