Prepare Your Garden for Winter and Enjoy a Beautiful Garden in Spring
Have you prepared your garden for the winter? Every seasoned gardener knows that gardening season is not over and it’s time to get to these November gardening tasks:
Planting Spring Bulbs
Don’t be discouraged by the colder weather to plant your spring bulbs. Truth is bulbs are more likely to perish if you try to store them for too long than if you put them in the ground. You can plant them up until the ground starts freezing. What you should watch out for is over watering, which can damage them. Too much water in the soil can get frozen and kill your bulbs.
Prepare the Soil for Spring
You can prepare the soil for the next gardening season ahead of time. You can turn the soil and get your planting beds ready, so when the spring son comes out you are ready to plant.
Mulching is a great way to protect seeds and perennial plants like roses. If you have some spring vegetable seeds left, you can plant them now and hope they sprout in spring. Spinach and lettuce can be planted now. If you mulch generously, they will come out in spring. Mulch is also essential for roses. Mid-November is a good time to mulch roses. Mulches should be piled at least a foot deep around the stems. This will keep the ground warm and protect them before the first snow has arrived.
There are some general November gardening tasks that you should not overlook. Rake the leaves, but don’t just dispose of them. They can be turned into leaf mold or leaf compost. You can just put them on a pile or in a bag with holes and let them decompose. Add compost or manure to your garden to enrich the soil. Now is also the time to clean, sharpen and oil you garden tools.