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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.

Here’s what’s happening in your gardening region:

Its November! Time to get serious about buttoning down the garden before winter sets in and turn your attention gradually toward indoor gardening.


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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Rake and chop leaves to use as mulch.

1. Rake and chop leaves to use as mulch on planting beds or leave on the lawn. All those leaves will break down and add nutrients back to the soil so don’t send them out in plastic bags with the trash. If you are mulching planting beds, pull up any remaining weeds and dispose of them in the trash before mulching.

2.) Finish planting flowering bulbs.

2. Finish planting flowering bulbs like tulips, crocuses, and daffodils. November is still not too late to plant bulbs for spring flowers. A variety of bulbs will make for a great display in the spring.

  • Tulip clusiana Mix, , large
  • Cool Blues Bulb Mix, , large
  • Tulip, Perennial Tulip, Mix (Darwin), , large

3.) Grow some microgreens.

3. Grow some microgreens, sprouts, and herbs indoors to add to salads and sandwiches and to use as a garnish throughout the cold months. Start some every few weeks to ensure a continuous supply.

4.) Pot up amaryllis bulbs for the holidays.

4. Pot up amaryllis bulbs for holiday flowers. These easy to grow bulbs can be planted in succession to have big blooms in shades of white, pink, and red throughout the winter. They also make great gifts, even for those who don’t garden.

  • Amaryllis, Rosalie, , large
  • Amaryllis, Naranja, , large
  • Amaryllis, Flamenco Queen, , large

5.) Clean up vegetable beds.

5. Clean up all your vegetable beds now to avoid having too much to do 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.

  • Hand-Plow for Veggie Gardening, , large
  • DeWit RH Cape Cod Weeder, , large
  • Tufftotes Gardening Bucket - 7 Gallon, , large