November To Do’s
- Vegetable seed: beets, carrot, garlic, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, radish, Swiss chard, spinach, turnips, and herbs
- Fall flower seeds: alyssum, bluebonnets, dianthus, delphinium, hollyhocks, larkspur, nasturtium, pansies, petunias, phlox, snapdragons, stock, sweet peas, and violas
- Flower transplants: All cool season annuals Alyssum, begonias, bluebonnets, calendulas, dianthus, flowering cabbage and kale, geraniums, lobelia, pansies, petunias, phlox, shasta daisy, snapdragons, stock, violas and dusty miller
- Fall bulbs like paper whites and amaryllis, will make a spectacular show this winter and spring, and now is the time to buy them. Paper whites need to be chilled for 4 to 6 weeks in your refrigerator then planted in pots or in the ground. They can make beautiful gifts for the holidays. Be sure to get a free instruction sheet on their planting and care.
- Hardy trees, shrubs and vines
- If you’re cooking for the holidays, you can still plant herbs for that “fresh from the garden” flavor. Even if you’re not cooking, they’re still fun to grow.
- Your lawn with Gill Fall Lawn & Garden 13-1-3
- For an organic approach use Milorganite, Ladybug Lawn & Garden, or Medina Growin Green.
- Roses with Bayer Rose & Flower Rose Food, organically with Maestro Rose Glo
- Blooming annuals and perennials with Hibiscus Food, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro or Maestro Rose Glo
- Vegetables with Hi Yield Ammonium Sulphate, organically with Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
- All plants especially stressed, or recently transplanted, with Hasta Gro Organic Fertilizer or Super Thrive
- Your newly planted vegetable and bedding plants regularly but take care not to overwater with cooler nighttime temperatures.
- Cut back on watering your established plants and lawn as temperatures cool down, since they use less water. If you are unsure when to water, use a moisture meter to take out the guesswork.
- Your fall blooming plants that have finished their bloom like asters and mums. Remove spent blooms from annuals, like petunias, snapdragons and dianthus to encourage more bloom.
- Your hardy woody ornamentals to shape, not severely (so as not to encourage new tender growth)
Watch Out For
- Caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Spray with Liquid Sevin, organically with Thuricide, Dipel Dust, or Spinosad.
- Powdery mildew on crape myrtles and roses – use Daconil or Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, organically with Serenade or Neem Oil.
- Fleas and ticks – treat lawns with Spectracide Triazicide, organically with Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer
- Mosquitoes – Use Mosquito Beater Liquid Quick Kill or Mosquito Beater granules to repel.
- Note – Please, Please, don’t kill the bees. They are one of the best sources we have to pollinate our fruits, vegetables, flowers
- and shrubs