Your November Garden Checklist

What to do around the U.S. this month to help your garden thrive — when you’re not admiring fall’s brilliant colors, that is.

Though November in the U.S. is marked by giant turkeys at the centers of dining tables, college football (GO TIGERS) and perhaps the thrill of staying up till midnight to score a sweet deal on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, I like to remember that this month and this season are most noted for what’s happening outside. Changing leaves signify upcoming winter dormancy, with fall plantings reaping post frost rewards.

Let’s get outside and tie up loose ends before it’s too cold. Rake, plant and prep for winter. Here’s what you can do in your garden this November.

Northeast. “Once the temperature dips below freezing, the annuals are done; it’s hard to pull them up — especially the zinnias, which I love,” writes Vermont landscape consultant Charlotte Albers. “Save seeds for next season and share some with friends.”

Southeast. “November is the best time to plant most spring-flowering bulbs,” writes North Carolina garden writer Helen Yoest. “Mix in some lime and a balanced fertilizer, like 10-10-10 or a special bulb mixture (9-9-6), at planting time.” And when spring comes so will your beautiful garden!”

Vincent J. DePaoli

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