Things to do in November

Fertilize:

Fertilize strawberry beds with a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer. Keep soil moist to promote good plant vigor and berry production next spring.

Water:

Water everything well before a freeze, but avoid overwatering.

Transplant:

Divide and replant crowded perennials throughout the winter months. Transplant chives, garlic and multiplying onions. Now is the best time to move woody ornamentals. Prepare the new site before transplanting.

Prepare Soil:

Have landscape and garden soils tested now to determine soil balancing needs. Forms are available at the Extension Office, 1600-B Smith Road, Austin, Texas (512) 473-9600. Check winter mulch and replenish if needed. Stockpile leaves for mulch and composting throughout spring and summer.

Lawn Care:

Bring a sample of problem turf into the Extension Office in a labeled plastic bag for analysis. A mulching mower makes raking leaves obsolete or use grass catcher as a mulch catcher. Use shredded leaves and grass clippings as a mulch or put into the compost bin.

Diseases/Pests to Look For:

Watch roots of removed annuals for nematodes (knots on the roots). Check houseplants for spider mites, scale and mealy bugs.

Prune:

After blooming, chysanthemums should be cut back almost to the ground. Prune long, gangly shoots on shrubs. Remove dead and damaged wood from shrubs and trees.

Things To Plant In November:

Flower Plants:

  • Ajuga
  • Alyssum
  • Bluebonnet
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Calendula
  • Candytuft
  • Carnation
  • Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum amabile)
  • Cornflower
  • Dianthus
  • Daisy (African, English and Painted)
  • Euryops
  • Forget-Me-Not (Myositis)
  • Gazania
  • Indian Blanket
  • Liatris
  • Nasturtium
  • Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
  • Pansy
  • Penstemon
  • Petunia
  • Phlox paniculata
  • Obedient Plant (Physostegia)
  • German Primrose (Primula obconica)
  • Snapdragon
  • Stock

Flower Seeds:

  • Alyssum
  • Bluebonnet
  • Calendula
  • Candytuft
  • Cornflower
  • Daisy
  • Delphinium
  • Hollyhock
  • Larkspur
  • Nasturtium
  • Pansy
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Pinks
  • California Poppy
  • Scabiosa
  • Snapdragon
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweet William
  • Verbena
  • Viola
  • Wildflowers

Bulbs:

  • Agapanthus
  • Allium
  • Alstroemeria
  • Amarcrinum
  • Amaryllis (in container)
  • Anemone
  • Ground Orchid (Bletilla)
  • Calla
  • Crinum
  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Freesia
  • Spider Lily (Hymerocallis)
  • Ipheion
  • Dutch Iris
  • Spuria Iris
  • Ixia
  • Snowflake (Leucojum)
  • Lily
  • Liriope
  • Monkey Grass
  • Muscari
  • Star of Bethlehem (Orthinogalum)
  • Rain Lily
  • Society Garlic
  • Spraxis
  • Aztec Lily (Sprekelia)
  • Watsonia

Vegetables:

  • Early—Mid Month: Carrot, Chard, Mustard, Turnip
  • All Month: Lettuce, Radish, Spinach

Herbs:

  • Borage
  • Burnet
  • Caraway
  • Catnip
  • Celeriac
  • Chamomile
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Comfrey
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mexican Mint Marigold
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Santolina
  • Winter Savory
  • Sorrel
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

Fruit:

  • Strawberries