Posted on 01 November 2009 by

Urban Gardening in November

fall-gardenBy Vanessa Richins

When I was growing up in Southern California, November wasn’t really so different from the other months.

You could still plant some vegetables, and flowers were still popping up everywhere.

Utah certainly was a shock in that respect.

After watching all of the leaves fall off the trees, I was left with a snowy white canvas for a yard.

In November, many gardeners are tying up the loose ends of the gardening season and getting it prepared for next year.

One of the main tasks waiting in the November garden is raking leaves. One way that we make it easier is to use a large tarp. We raked the leaves onto the tarp, which was easy enough to drag around the yard. When we finished, we could just drag it back to the backyard. You could use these leaves in your compost or mulch.

As an urban gardener, you may have many of your plants in pots. If it gets chilly where you’re at, they should be brought inside before frosts begin. This is especially true of any topical plants you might have.

If you’re lucky enough to have any trees and shrubs, you might need to take some steps to protect them from the winter cold and snow. Look at this article for suggestions.

I would suggest buying a houseplant if you don’t have any yet. It helps me to get through the winter blahs when I have at least some greenery around the house. The houseplant will also help purify the air – an added bonus!

You might also want to put in an order online for some garden catalogs. I love the days in the dead of winter when I open the mailbox and see cheery garden pictures waiting for me.

What do you do to get your garden ready for winter? For more tips, use this checklist.

2 Responses to “Urban Gardening in November”

  1. Rachel Shaw Says:

    I’m racing to do garden cleanup before everything is covered in leaves! In the vegetable garden I’ve pulled up everything except what I hope will overwinter – kale and parsley, and the perennial herbs. The tomatoes and peppers in pots in the driveway still have to be taken down and the pots cleaned. In the front flower bed I’ve cut back the perennials, and divided a few iris. Still much to be done, but one nice thing about the falling leaves – they hide a lot of what’s messy and undone.

  2. Valentin Prestwood Says:

    Me and my wife have some space on our property that we want to use to keep some chickens. My wife is all on about how we’re going to eat our own eggs and give them to friends and all haha! She thinks it is romantic to get up in the morning and get our own eggs and what not haha. Other than eating and giving the eggs we think it is a great way for our oldest child to experience some responsibility taking care of the chickens! I am building a coop myself now and will post some pictures on the progress and final thing when it’s done. Check out our FACEBOOK page

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