By now, the growing season is over for most of us in the Mid-Atlantic. That doesn’t mean that the gardening season is over, though.
Take advantage of any mild days to finish this year’s cleanup and to prepare for next year’s spectacle.
Pull out any remaining stakes or other plant supports, and put them in a shed or garage, out of the weather. Drain any water out of your hoses, and put them away too.
Deer are a common problem in our region. November is a good time to apply repellent spray or install burlap, netting, or other physical barriers to protect your plants.
If you plan to get a live Christmas tree so you can add it to your landscape after the holiday, dig the planting hole now. Cover it with a tarp and mulch to prevent it from freezing.
Pot up amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp. and cvs., Zones 8–10) bulbs to give as gifts or to enjoy yourself for holiday color next month.
Take advantage of online sales from Black Friday through Cyber Monday to stock up on seeds for next year’s vegetables and flowers.
—Nancy J. Ondra is the author of over fifteen books, including Grasses, The Perennial Care Manual, and The Perennial Matchmaker.
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