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IN THE GARDEN with DOUG - NOVEMBER GARDENING TIPS

It is still fall and FALL IS FOR PLANTING.  Don’t let our calendar dictate your gardening activities.  We had much needed rain this past weekend.  Officially, we received 2.84 inches here in the Richmond area.  Our soil temperature is still warm.  In this general area we have not had a killing frost.  I do know that some of you in the outskirts of Richmond have had a hard frost.  But, bottom line is to keep planting because roots continue to grow and develop this time of year and plants planted now will have nearly 7 months of development before the stress of heat and dryness next summer.
                Here are some more important tips for November:
  1.  The decision to feed wild birds is not a casual one.  Now is the time to put out bird feeders.  Without a doubt, it is an investment to keep bird feeders full.  With this investment comes plenty of personal rewards and enjoyment.
  2. As perennials begin to decline for the winter, now is an excellent time to dig up and divide.  Daylilies, hosta, iris, peonies, and others will benefit from being divided this time of year.  At the time of re-planting add some ESPOMA BIO-TONE to the hole.  The plants will thank you.
  3. It is ok to add some more grass seed to the lawn – especially if you discover some bare areas.  Our soil temperature is still warm enough for good germination.
  4. For all the new plants that have been planted this year don’t forget to keep them watered on a regular basis.  These plants’ root system is not extensive enough yet to be able to go long periods without water.  And, never let a plant go dry heading into a cold period.
  5. November is still bulb planting season.  Matter of fact tulip bulbs should be planted later this month once we have cooled down even more and our soil temperature has declined.  Tulip bulbs do not like warm soil temperatures so be sure to plant them 12” deep.
Take a walk through your gardens as the fall season winds down.  Take time to reflect on the successes and failures of your gardens this year.  Make notes for new things to try and things to fix next spring.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME COMES TO AN END THIS COMING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 2:00 AM.  BE SURE TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR AND ENJOY THE BRIGHT SUNNY MORNINGS.
                                                                        Happy Gardening!!!
Posted: 11/1/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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