November Garden Guide

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What to


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

What to



Fertilize your lawn with Gill 13-1-3.

For an organic approach, use Milorganite or Medina Growin’ Green

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

We recommend: Hibiscus Food
Organic: Medina Growin’ Green Hasta Gro or Maestro Rose Glo, Plant Tone


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

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

What to


  • 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.

What to


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.

What to


Out For


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

Read: Oak Tree Caterpillars

Powdery Mildew on Crape Myrtles and Roses

Use Fertilome Broad Spectrum or Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, organically with Serenade, or Neem Oil.

Fleas and Ticks

Treat lawns with Spectracide
Triazicide, Cyonara,
organically with Spinosad.


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