currently in Austin


November To Do List


Plant: ornamental & wildlife

  • Perennials, shrubs, ornamental (clumping) grasses; fall is the best time to plant
  • Avoid planting cold tender plants like Pride of Barbardos, Esperanza, lantana, plumbago
  • Trees
  • Strawberries (best time to do it!)
  • Winter annuals, including calendula, snapdragon, pansy, viola, dusty miller, ornamental kale and cabbage, alyssum, stock, cyclamen, dusty miller, flowering kale and cabbage
  • Early to Thanksgiving:  native wildflower seeds like bluebonnets, phlox, Mexican hat, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket (gaillardia). Also, non-native poppies, larkspurs, hollyhocks
  • Early to Thanksgiving:  spring bulbs

Plant: herbs

  • Perennials thyme, oregano, lavender
  • Cilantro transplants, parsley, dill, fennel , chervil, summer savory, borage, chives, rue
  • Be prepared to cover in case of deep freeze

Plant: food crops


  • Avoid pruning shrubs right now unless you see damage
  • Do not prune oak trees unless you have damage: paint wound immediately
  • Okay to prune trees other than red oaks and live oaks
  • Thyme


  • Shrubs, roses, trees, evergreen spring-blooming perennials


  • Mulch cold tender plants like gingers, Esperanza and semi-tropicals
  • Select spots where you want fruit trees, grapes, or berries to plant in January; for now, prep with compost
  • Get that row cover ready! Do not protect plants with plastic!


  • If must mow, keep high to shade out germinating weeds
  • It’s really not a good idea to overseed with rye unless you have new, muddy construction and a dog!

Other tasks

  • Cut basil to freeze in oil in ice cube trays to use this winter in soups and stews
  • Collect seeds from summer annuals to dry and store indoors until next spring
  • Take cuttings of tender annuals to propagate in warmth to plant next spring
  • Rake leaves into beds to mulch over winter and return nutrients to the soil
  • Mow leaves on grass (if not raking to beds or compost) to break them down
  • Collect leaves from neighbors to add to compost pile!
  • Deeply water new plants; keep new seedlings moist but not drenched