Things to do in November:
1. Remove or compost debris from flower beds and gardens to help control insects and disease next year.
2. Following the first killing frost, remove dead plants and overseed the gardens with a winter cover crop. Elbon cereal rye will help to decrease root nematodes in tomatoes and other crops. Mulch the plants that froze. They should come back next spring.
3. Remove asparagus tops by cutting them off at the ground. Place a layer of compost or manure and then cover with mulch. If we don’t get rain often, water the bed occasionally; don’t let them dry out. This next spring will be the third year for my asparagus. I harvested some this year. If you have never eaten asparagus fresh from the garden, I mean as you cut the tops, you haven’t gotten the real taste of asparagus. I cut it for about one month and then it was left alone except to feed and water. I expect this next year to be plentiful. If you haven’t planted it, try it. It must be in an area that won’t be disturbed. I planted 10 crowns and there are two people in our house. So judge how much to plant by the size of the family.
4. Don’t allow leaves to accumulate on your lawn. Rake them and use as mulch or use the lawnmower to turn the leaves into mulch; add compost or fertilizer to help with decomposition.
5. Are you enjoying the change of colors around Blanco? Many of the crepe myrtles around here are beautiful, as are the Chinese tallow, Chinese pistache, yellow elms, reds oaks, sycamores, sumacs, and many more varieties. One theory is that stress is the main factor for the stronger color. We have had drought seasons for two years and then a cold winter; our season stretches out, so the colors change slowly. In the east and north, the seasons change quickly. So does the color. If you plan to plant trees, this is a good time to watch the changes, to choose your favorite tree.