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What To Do In Your Vegetable Garden This November (Late Fall)
Vegetable Gardening Tasks for November
- Harvest any remaining carrots, Brussels sprouts, or cabbage.
- Use straw or leaves as mulch in the vegetable garden to build up your soil structure.
- Build a compost pile from yard waste and leaves, if you haven’t done that already.
- Keep your compost moist, like a wrung out sponge. You may need to water it more 1-2 times per month, depending on how dry it is where you live.
- Turn or aerate your compost pile 1-2 times this month to keep the heat up, and keep the compost active.
- If you have acidic soil, incorporate lime at the rate suggested by your soil test.
- Cut back the tops of asparagus and rhubarb and compost the stems and branches.
- If you haven’t had any rain or snow and your ground is dry, water vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, garlic, shallots, or walking onions until the ground freezes.
- Always drain your sprinkler and hose and store them inside to prevent freezing.
- Pull out any remaining support structures from your vegetable garden such as tomato cages, cucumber trellises or pea fencing and store them for the winter.
- Pull mulches back several inches from the base of fruit trees to prevent bark injury from mice and other rodents.
- Harvest pecans when they start to drop from your trees. Shake nuts onto tarps that you lay on the ground.
- Mulch your strawberries with straw to protect them over the winter. Do this after several nights near 20 degrees, but before temperatures drop into the teens. Apply the straw loosely, but thick enough to hide plants from view. If wind is a problem in your area, you may need to cover the straw with netting that you tack down to keep it from blowing away.