November Garden To-Do List

  • Finish cleanup—gather leaves for the compost pile or for winter mulch on beds.
  • Don’t miss your last chance to plant spring-blooming bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips.
  • Continue to thin lettuce and spinach.
  • Mulch crops you want to overwinter with a thick layer of straw.
  • Harvest frost-sweetened Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, and kale.
  • Don’t cut back ornamental grasses; they add beauty to the landscape and provide shelter for overwintering beneficials and wildlife.
  • Cut back other perennials (except spring bloomers, roses, and mums) to a few inches above soil level.

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