Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 7-8

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The temperatures in October definitely turn cooler even in the south. This makes gardening fun again but after a hot summer most of us have some early fall cleanup to deal with. It is still too early to plant garlic or daffodils but perennials can certainly be planted as well as some great fall vegetables.

 

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Finally the ground in November is cool enough for milder areas to start planting bulbs for spring and perennial fruits for next year as well. The days are usually mild too making working in the garden a delight rather than a chore. Here are some November jobs for those lovely fall days.

1.) Plant bulbs

1. Bulbs are great for early spring days when the days are shorter and often rather gloomy. Always check for the zone for bulbs because some require more cold than southern gardens can provide.

 

2.) Great bulbs for spring

2. Great bulbs for southern gardens.

 

  • Daffodil, Tete de Luxe, , large
  • Crocus sieberi, Tricolor, , large
  • Tulip, Fosteriana Mix, , large

3.) Perennial edibles

3. Edible perennials such as raspberries, garlic and strawberries all get planted in fall when the weather is cool. They settle in before chilly winter days and come back earlier than the spring planted selections and many produce before them too.

  • Garlic
    Garlic plants require deep, friable, well-drained soil in full sun. Dig plenty of organic matter into the soil before planting.
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  • All About Raspberries


    Raspberries need full sun, well-drained soil with a pH between 5.8-6.5, good air circulation, and protection from strong winds.

    Read more
  • Growing Strawberries
    Soft succulent strawberries are difficult to find store bought. The answer is to grow your own. See how easy it is.
    Watch video

4.) Fruit for next year

4. Edible selections are often on sale in November but pick early to get the best selections for your area. Strawberries Elan F1

 

  • Strawberry, Elan F1, , large
  • Raspberry, Crimson Night PPAF, , large
  • Blueberry, Jewel, , large

5.) Frost Protection.

5. Even in the warmer zones, you have a few cold and frosty nights. Most of the time these spells do not last long so a little protection can help nurse your tender plants so that they survive.

 

  • Floating Row Cover, , large
  • TunLcover, , large
  • Burpee Exclusive Adjustable Frost Protection Kit, , large