November Delaware Garden Guide

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Here it is — November already.  This article will give you your garden calendar update.

For the First Week of November:

  • Finish planting spring flowering bulbs.
  • Pull up disease-free annuals and add to compost pile along with leaves and leftover garden material.
  • Cut back and mulch perennials.  This mulch will insulate them from the winter cold, and cutting them back will give them a tidy appearance.
  • Dig up dahlias, caladiums, gladiolus, etc.  Wash away soil, dry, label and place in a bag or box; cover with sphagnum, moss, sawdust, or perlite.  Store in a cool, dry place.

The Second Week of November:

  • Pot amaryllis to have them bloom by winter.
  • Drain and bring in garden hoses and sprinklers to avoid freezing damage.
  • Transplant trees and shrubs after leaves have dropped.
  • Clean up garden and plant cover crop to improve existing soil condition.
  • Prevent mice and rabbits from damaging young trees by wrapping the base of the trunk 18 inches high with screening.
  • Cut back roses 18 to 20 inches and mulch heavily to give them protection and help them survive the winter.

The Third Week of November:

  • Fertilize shade trees and peach trees.
  • After frost has killed the leaf stalks on perennial vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb, cut leaf material down to ground level.
  • Mulch evergreens.
  • Do not store apples or pears with vegetables.  These fruits give off a gas that speeds the ripening and breakdown of vegetables and will change their flavors.
  • To prevent winter windburn, thoroughly water all trees and shrubs weekly until the ground freezes.

The Last Week of November:

  • After chrysanthemums have stopped blooming, cut the stems back to ground level and add these stems, dried leaves and branches to the compost pile.
  • After leaves have fallen, go into the woods and collect grapevines for making wreaths.
  • While in the woods, collect nuts, old bird nests, and pine cones to be used for decorating.
  • Pay careful attention to houseplants throughout the winter.
  • Check guy wires around newly planted trees to make sure they will not be damaged by windy weather throughout the fall and winter.

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