November Garden

By: dragonflyF15 , 8:07 PM GMT on November 03, 2009

-Continue watering evergreens until the ground freezes. Soils must not be dry when winter arrives.
-Now is the ideal time to plant trees and shrubs. Before digging the hole, prepare the site by loosening the soil well beyond the drip line of each plant. Plant trees and shrubs at the depth they grew in the nursery and not deeper. Remove all wires, ropes and non-biodegradable materials from roots before back filling. Apply a 2-3 inch mulch layer, but stay several inches away from the trunk. Keep the soil moist, not wet, to the depth of the roots.
-Remove the spent flowers and foliage of perennials after they are damaged by frost.
-Newly planted broad-leaf evergreens such as azaleas, boxwood and hollies benefit from a burlap screen for winter wind protection. Set screen stakes in place before the ground freezes.
-Now is a good time to observe and choose nursery stock based on fall foliage interest.
-Plant tulips now.
-Mums can be cut back to within several inches of the ground once flowering ends. After the ground freezes, apply a 2 to 3 inch layer of loose mulch such as pine needles, straw or leaves.
-Mulch flower and bulb beds after the ground freezes, to prevent injury to plants from frost heaving.
-Roses should be winterized after a heavy frost. Place a 6 to 10-inch deep layer of mulch over each plant. Top soil works best. Prune sparingly, just enough to shorten overly long canes. Climbers should not be pruned at this time.
-Take steps to prevent garden pools from freezing solid in winter. Covering pools with an insulating material, or floating a stock tank water heater in the pond, will lessen the chance of ice damage.
-Covering garden pools with bird netting will prevent leaves from fouling the water. Oxygen depletion from rotting organic matter can cause winter kill of pond fish.

-Fall tilling the vegetable garden exposes many insect pests to winter cold, reducing their numbers in next years garden.
-Any unused, finished compost is best tilled under to improve garden soils.
-To prevent insects or diseases from over-wintering in the garden, remove and compost all plant debris.
-Overcrowded or unproductive rhubarb plants can be divided now.
-Root crops such as carrots, radishes, turnips and Jerusalem artichokes store well outdoors in the ground. Just before the ground freezes, bury these crops under a deep layer of leaves or straw. Harvest as needed during winter by pulling back this protective mulch.
-Thanksgiving - Weave a holiday wreath of garlic, onions, chili peppers and herbs. It will make a gourmet gift for a lucky friend.

-Keep mulches pulled back several inches from the base of fruit trees to prevent bark injury from hungry mice and other rodents.
-Harvest pecans when they start to drop from trees. Shake nuts onto tarps laid on the ground.
-Fallen, spoiled or mummified fruits should be cleaned up from the garden and destroyed by burying.
-A dilute whitewash made from equal parts interior white latex paints and water, applied to the southwest side of young fruit trees will prevent winter sun scald injury.
-Commercial tree guards or protective collars made of 18-inch high hardware cloth will prevent trunk injury to fruit trees from gnawing rabbits and rodents.
-Mulch strawberries for winter with straw. This should be done after several nights near 20 degrees, but before temperatures drop into the teens. Apply straw loosely, but thick enough to hide plants from view.

-Now is a good time to collect soil samples to test for pH and nutritional levels.
-Roll up and store garden hoses on a warm, sunny day. It's hard to get a cold hose to coil into a tight loop.
-To prevent injury to turf grasses, keep leaves raked up off of the lawn.
-Continue mowing lawn grasses as long as they keep growing.
-A final fall application of fertilizer can be applied to bluegrass and fescue lawns now.
-Clean house gutters of leaves and fallen debris before cold wet weather sets in.
-Set up bird feeders. Birds appreciate a source of unfrozen drinking water during the winter.
-Be sure to shut off and drain any outdoor water pipes or irrigation systems that may freeze during cold weather.
-For Cyclamen to bloom well indoors, they need cool temperatures in the 50-60 degree range, bright light, evenly moist soils, and regular fertilization
-Winter house plants basics: - reduce or eliminate fertilizer until spring. - shorter days mean slower growth. - slower growth means less frequent watering. - plants in plastic pots need less water than those in clay pots. - plants in cooler rooms need less water and grow slower than those in warm rooms.

Happy Gardening!

Three Wise Men

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23. seflagamma
3:29 PM GMT on December 05, 2009
Good morning Dragonfly,

just stopping by to say Hello and have a great weekend!

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22. surfmom
2:05 PM GMT on December 04, 2009
coldfront 12/3 brought HEAVENLY SKIES & DIVINE WAVES

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21. Raysfan70
11:21 AM GMT on November 26, 2009
HaPpY ThAnKsGiViNg {{DF}}!

Have A Great Day!:-)
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20. seflagamma
7:29 PM GMT on November 25, 2009
Hi Dragonfly,

Wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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19. surfmom
7:26 PM GMT on November 25, 2009

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18. shoreacres
12:29 AM GMT on November 25, 2009
dragonfly ~

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with every kind of joy.

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17. surfmom
2:18 PM GMT on November 23, 2009
THINKING of you Nature Girl & Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving
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16. sandiquiz
10:12 AM GMT on November 22, 2009

Hope you have a lovely Sunday!!
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15. seflagamma
3:31 PM GMT on November 21, 2009
Good morning Dragonfly,

Glad to see your blog up and running again.

I put in some winter garden veggies and herbs.. actually winter is about the only time we can garden down here in the sub-tropics.

Hope all is well with you and yours and
you have a wonderful weekend!

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14. Susie77
2:13 AM GMT on November 21, 2009
I'd say the Mother has watered our stuff just fine this fall. I got a male and female American bittersweet from an online source in late September and planted them in the front as part of our food-and-native-plants foundation plantings. Mama came with berries already; she was in a two-gallon container. Papa was only obtainable in the one-gallon size so he's kind of runty looking. I hope he's up to the job next year. lol But so far the chipmunks have been enjoying mama's berries. I saved a few to start in the spring in case papa is kind of slow to get going. Do you have any hints on how to keep them healthy?
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13. shoreacres
1:24 PM GMT on November 17, 2009
Good morning, dragonfly,

I was thinking of you the other day when I was admiring my Cape honeysucklesl. We've hit that time of year when the temperatures and such are just right for them, and they're blooming like crazy. Not only that, for a couple of days they were attracting migrating hummingbirds! They're stragglers, I think - the big hummingbird festivals just south of her are in October - but it's been so warm I suppose they felt they could dawdle. No dawdling now - we've got mid-west temperatures, and are on our way to what passes for winter here.

My big gardening projects this fall were trying to rescue a disease-riddled Christmas cactus and an abandoned ficus I found by the dumpster. Both are doing quite well. Amazing what a good prune and some new dirt will do!

Other than that, all's well for now. I went through a bit of a bad patch with mom, but she's fine. I still haven't found a home for stray kitty Calliope and I hate it as winter comes on, but she has her food and water and a fleece "nest" out of the wind, so she'll be fine.

Other than that, it's all writing and work. After Thanksgiving I'm hoping to get away for a weekend - up to the country, or over to Breaux Bridge. We'll see.

Awfully glad to see you pop up. I had your FB info, but lost it and was too lazy to go back in your archives and find it. Besides that, I haven't logged in to FB for a month - I keep forgetting about it. Whoops.....
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12. surfmom
1:05 PM GMT on November 17, 2009
You certainly did get enough rain -- if you're not growing plants - probabaly could be growing mold.

I wussed out - and have decided to pass on my Fall garden : (Just too many other responsibilities and I never like doing a half-A job. Better to wait until the next planting season... I get attached and wouldn't want my plants to be deprived ( *smile* I think I hear them calling me --"weed us, water us, love us" etc.)

I have turned over and mixed in the Horse Gold along with Chicken gold - then I have covered the area w/ tarps to keep the weeds out. Next trip to the Feedstore I will get several bales of Hay which I will lay on top - by planting season all will be broken down, I turn it over and the garden should be ready to rock. Let's hope that Life will afford me time to get my hands in the dirt : )
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11. dragonflyF15
12:50 PM GMT on November 17, 2009
Overall I haven't had too many issues with Firefox and it seems since I recently updated it (last night), WU is loading for me again.

We have been so wet around here as well, more than average rains in October and with the rain this week, I'm expecting flash floods again. We haven't had a good frost either...but with December and January coming, I'm sure it's not far behind :)

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10. sandiquiz
8:47 AM GMT on November 17, 2009
Morning Dragon:)

I saw your comment about Firefox. I have deleted Firefox and all its components from my computers (both old school laptop and my own). I was having terrible problems with it; it wouldn't load, hung, and contain hidden cookies that caused all kinds of issues, so out it went.

I went back to IE, but I really don't like that either, then a friend told me about Google Chrome. I downloaded it and I really like it. It still has some missing components, like it doesn't allow the tabs to show above the comment boxes in WU, but I can get around that, as I belonged to WU before they put them in!

It certainly hasn't let me down yet, and seems to work much, much faster than Firefox or IE.

Talking of "Gardening", the season is over here too, and my summer plants are in the greenhouse! Everything at the moment is wet and brown! We really need a keen frost to kill of the bugs and viruses!!
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9. dragonflyF15
7:25 AM GMT on November 17, 2009
Planting season is over for us, unless you count growing things with growing lights indoors! Willows are hit and miss around here, so it's always nice when you see a good sized one. I took that pic where I used to work, Missouri Botanical Gardens.

I've been having issues with Firefox and getting WU to load lately, so I haven't been able to get around to everyone to see what's up and how everyone is doing. Hopefully doing good!

Another day of rain for us, break out the ark!

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8. Skyepony (Mod)
4:45 PM GMT on November 16, 2009
Been planting alot here.. Great Willow pic!
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7. dragonflyF15
5:14 PM GMT on November 15, 2009
Here comes the rain we didn't have enough from October to last us a year...
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6. dragonflyF15
3:25 PM GMT on November 06, 2009
Rosewood: Doing good! Sounds like a lovely fishing trip. Pictures?

GardenGrrl: Lucky you that you have such a long season. Have my hummers migrated back down your way yet? I miss them!

Surfmom: That's too funny...Horse Gold. I'll have to remember that. For a mixture of compost, soil and manure that I get at the nursery I call Black Gold. Makes me think of Soul Asylum everytime I'm loading it up and out :)

Hope everyone is out enjoying the fall. It finally stopped raining here. I believe we reached almost 11 inches for October and for two weeks straight it rained and never saw the sun. This week, the opposite as it's been sunny and fair. Cool mornings (30's) but warms up quickly. This weekend an unusual burst of warm air is coming in and we will be in the 70's possibly 80's. Last chance biking!

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5. surfmom
12:28 PM GMT on November 04, 2009
Good Morning! yesterday my girlfriend from the polo club came to my house with four garbage cans of aged Horse Manure. Thrilled with the booty I jumped up and down on my driveway squealing.... thank you , thank you.... curious/cranky neighbor struts right across the street wondering what's in the cans...Sticks her nose right in (bawahaha) pulls back quick and asks "what's that?"..... HORSE GOLD I replied : )
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4. GardenGrrl
11:06 AM GMT on November 04, 2009
Nevermind. it just took awhile.
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3. GardenGrrl
11:05 AM GMT on November 04, 2009
Ahhhhgggg. I posted a long comment and it dissappeared.
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2. GardenGrrl
11:04 AM GMT on November 04, 2009
Hey my veggie garden has returned from the dead. It was stunted and slowly died off by July/August. Today the zucchinnis have fruit, the Swiss Chard has reappeared in abundance and the straw berries are birthing strawberry pups. Woo-hoo!
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1. rosewood
11:47 PM GMT on November 03, 2009
Woohoo! FIRST!

How ya' doin' DF?

Had a really, really nice night of fly fishing in a local estuary Sunday. Was warm for November, absolutely no wind, a bright full moon, and Eastern Screech Owls and Great Horned Owls hooting the whole time. When the temperature dropped it must have been near the dew point, as a thin, wispy fog developed for a couple of feet above the water. Just GORGEOUS!

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