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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

November 1 to November 30 - Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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Fall is not the end we think it is in the garden. It is the foundation on which rests next year’s garden. Here are five things to do in October to make sure you are ready for both winter and next spring.

 

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1.) Clean up leaves as needed to keep them from smothering lawns and flower beds

1. Clean up leaves as needed to keep them from smothering lawns and flower beds. Put the leaves on a compost pile or chop them up and spread on garden areas. If you are mulching planting beds, pull up any remaining weeds and dispose of them in the trash before mulching.

2.) Plant bulbs for spring flowers

2. Plant bulbs for spring flowers like tulips, crocuses, and daffodils. November is still not too late to plant these bulbs. A variety of types of bulbs will make for a fantastic display in the spring that can last for several weeks.

  • Tulip, Tres Chic Festival , , large
  • Daffodil, Blushing Lady , , large
  • Crocus, Giant Mix , , large

3.) Move your gardening indoors by growing some microgreens, sprouts, or potted herbs

3. Move your gardening indoors by growing some microgreens, sprouts, or potted herbs. They make great garnishes for soups and salads. Start some every few weeks to ensure a continuous supply.

4.) Pot up amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs for holiday flowers and gifts

4. Pot up amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs for holiday flowers and gifts. Both are easy to grow. Pot a few up every few weeks to enjoy a succession of blooms throughout the winter. They also make great gifts, even for those who don’t garden.

  • Amaryllis, Rosalie, , large
  • Narcissus, Paperwhite Ariel, , large
  • Amaryllis, Flamenco Queen, , large

5.) Clear off your vegetable garden beds now so they are ready to plant in the spring

5. Clear off your vegetable garden beds now so they are ready to plant in the spring. You may choose to leave flower beds alone for overwintering pollinators or clean up now if desired. Using the proper tools makes gardening easier to do and more fun.