This Month’s Tips
- Place mulch around berries for winter protection.
- Cover rhubarb and asparagus beds with composted manure and straw.
- To protect built-in sprinkler systems, drain the system and insulate the valve mechanisms.
- Clean and oil your lawnmower and other garden equipment and tools before storing them for winter.
- Drain and store hoses carefully to avoid damage from freezing.
- Renew mulch around perennial flowerbeds after removing weeds.
- Use a 3- to 4-inch layer of leaves, spread over the garden plot, to eliminate winter weeds, suppress early spring weeds and prevent soil compaction by rain.
- It’s a good time to plant trees and shrubs. Consider varieties that supply food and shelter to birds, such as sumac, elderberry, flowering currant and mock orange.
- There is still time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses. Don’t delay.
- Plant garlic for harvest next summer.
- Rake and destroy leaves from fruit trees that were diseased this year. Remove and discard mummified fruit.
- Treat peaches four weeks after leaf fall spray for peach leaf curl and shothole diseases.
Find more gardening tips for November at: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/vegetables/november-garden-calendar