GARDENING TIP(S) OF THE MONTH

(new feature started 1/2021)

NOV

  • Enjoy the polychromatic autumnal display provided by Mother Nature which is now almost a week later due to climate change. The tardiness also increases the likelihood of marcescence in species which normally are not

  • Ginkgoes usually drop the bulk of their leaves in one morning. The most common date during the past decade for this to happen in central Indiana is Nov 9, but the event can vary (the date and occurring over several days) dependent on other factors (see my almanac)

  • Harvest the leaves that fall rather than stuffing them in plastic bags and treating them like trash. Shred with your mower deck set high and leave them (pun intended) on the lawn or use as mulch and as an amendment for beds -- much better than the shredded and colored wood (mulch) we have become conditioned to use (see also LEAVES, Chapter 38 in my book)

  • The best time to spray for dandelions and other unwanted perennial species is just before the first frost/freeze (the 47-year average for this event for this event in central Indiana is Oct 20, but again in Nov this year)

  • Be ever vigilant for unwanted woodies -- easier to remove when small and the ground is soft. Another reason to learn how to identify woody plants in winter

  • Consider reconnecting with Nature and being a better steward (living more sustainably). You will be healthier and happier, especially if you reduce or eliminate the social media and commercialized screen time