Waiting for me
Waiting for me

I don’t know about you but I’m blown away that it is almost November.  How is it possible that time can pass by that quickly?  My goodness, I’m falling behind on my chores and my to-do list is getting longer and not shorter.

The story of my life.

Here’s a list of a few chores you might want to consider for your garden/urban farm as November sneaks up on us.

  • Add 4-6 inches of mulch on your carrots, leeks and potatoes as frost protection.
  • Divide your perennials.
  • Harvest your kiwi and hawthorne berries.
  • Harvest your winter squash and pumpkins.
  • Plant perennials, berries and bare-root plants.
  • Plant garlic.
  • Protect your metal tool heads by rubbing a thin layer of vegetable oil on them.
  • Put away your hoses and tools; drain hoses first.
  • If you have cloches, secure them to the ground using stakes.
  • Sow rye and fava beans.
  • Check your outdoor structures for leaks and plug those leaks.

What’s the old saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Or something like that…with winter approaching that old saying is right on.  Take the extra time now, while the weather is so-so; that way you won’t be out in a storm doing it a month or two when the weather is downright nasty.


I’m always looking forward, and as the days grow shorter I’m already thinking about the major projects I want to tackle in the spring. One such project is building a new aviary so we have room for the new quail we’ll be adding then.  I’m thinking I can get a jump on that aviary now, so I’m in the process of digging postholes so I can get the posts in the ground before winter.  If all goes well I can probably get the entire frame of the aviary up by November and that way all I’ll have to do in the spring is put the roof on and enclose it with hardware cloth.

Is there anything you can do now to make your big projects easier in the spring?  Just a thought!


Our local garden and farming center has a seed exchange, part of a national movement to encourage gardeners and urban farmers to share seeds so that heirloom varieties don’t disappear in this country.  Major agribusinesses are trying their best to limit the number of seeds by the use of patents.  If they have their way we will only be able to buy their seeds, many of which are not suited for particular climates and regions.  Check out your area and find out about seed exchanges.  If there is one close by, become a part of the solution and say no to the major agribusinesses.

Have a great day, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.



8 thoughts on “November Gardening Chores

  1. Good list. I just harvested my winter squash the other day, and Bob planted garlic. Now, like you, I’m already thinking about my big spring project. I want to add a nice fence around the garden to keep deer out. We use 6-foot chicken wire now, and it looks hideous. I’ve already warned my husband that he will be digging post holes come March.


  2. Wonderful list of chores my friend, good check-up on a feeble memory to have it covered all. Oh, you structure if not of metal, it would be a pressure-treated wood ,just a silly suggestion.


  3. Ah yes, there is so much to do and it feels time is running out!! Thankfully living where I do I will get a bit more time to prepare, but even still there is more to do than there are available hours in the day! I wish our area had a seed exchange in local stores. I’ve searched and found nothing. However now I think I will search a bit harder. Good read as usual Bill.


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