November Garden Guide

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Vegetable Seeds

Beets, carrot, garlic, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, radish, Swiss chard, spinach, turnips, herbs

Read: Best Timing for Popular Fall Veggies

Flower Seeds

Alyssum, bluebonnets, dianthus, delphinium, hollyhocks, larkspur, nasturtium, pansies, petunias, phlox, snapdragons, stock, sweet peas, and violas

Read: Success with Fall Flowers

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

Garden Guide: Annuals for Fall and Winter

Fall Bulbs

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.

Read: Amaryllis and Paperwhite Narcissus


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.

Read: Tips for Preserving Herbs

All container grown trees and shrubs.

Garden Guide: Planting Trees, Shrubs, and Groundcovers

Read: Burr Oak – an Awesome South Texas Tree

Indoor Plants
  • Add foliage plants to your indoors for a fresh look and to help keep air clean.
  • Clean indoor plants by removing dust with a damp cloth. 
  • Check where plants are set so that heater vents will not blow on foliage.
  • Stop fertilizing until February to let your indoor plants rest.

Read: Plants, the Perfect Rx for Clean Air



Fertilize your lawn with organic Milorganite or Medina Growin’ Green or conventional Gill 13-1-3

Read: Top Five Tips for Beautiful Fall LawnProtect Your Lawn: Recent Take All Root Rot Sightings (TARR)


We recommend: Organic Maestro Rose Glo

Blooming Annuals and Perennials

Use organic Medina Growin’ Green Hasta Gro or Maestro Rose Glo, Plant Tone or conventional Hibiscus Food


We recommend organic Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone or conventional Osmocote 14-4-14 Time Release Granules

Read: How to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Healthy This Fall

All plants that are especially stressed, or recently transplanted

We recommend organic Hasta Gro or Super Thrive


  • Water your newly planted vegetables 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.


Woody Ornamentals

Your hardy woody ornamentals to shape, not severely, so as not to encourage new tender growth.

Read: To Prune or Not to Prune?

Fall Bloomers
Your fall blooming plants, like asters and mums, that have finished their bloom. Remove spent blooms from annuals, like petunias, snapdragons and dianthus to encourage more bloom.

Watch Out For


Caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Spray with organic Thuricide, Dipel Dust, or Spinosad or conventional with Cyonara

Read: Oak Tree Caterpillars

Powdery Mildew on Crape Myrtles and Roses

Use organic Bee Safe 3 in 1 insecticide, fungicide, & miticide or Neem Oil or conventional Fertilome Broad Spectrum or Fertilome Systemic Fungicide

Fleas and Ticks

Treat lawns with organic Spinosad, or conventional Spectracide
Triazicide, Cyonara


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.

Read: Best for Bees

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