Eco Garden – November 2017

Eco Garden – November 2017
September 4, 2017 Christina Mullin

What to Buy at the local Farmer’s Market:

Pears, Pomegranate, Brussel Sprouts

What to Plant in the Garden:

Carrot, Radish, Lettuce

November Eco Garden

West Coast and East Coast Garden Calendars

Moon Gardening by Priscilla Woolworth

Please check out my blog about Gardening according to the phases of the Moon, where I explain it in more detail:

http://blog.priscillawoolworth.com/the-moon-and-the-garden

November MOON PHASE SCHEDULE:

Nov. 1st-2nd: Waxing

Nov. 3rd: Full Moon

Nov. 4th-17th: Waning

Nov. 18th: New Moon

Nov. 19th-Dec 2nd: Waxing

West Coast Garden Chores for the month of November are:

Great time to plant bulbs, pull weeds, apply organic fertilizer, and irrigate when it’s not raining

Adjust the sprinkler system to run less often, and turn them off during regular rains, or install a water-saving drip system

November is also a great time to plant a blue-eyed grass with little purple flowers called sisyrinchium idahoense bellum, a California native with a long blooming period

Plant strawberries in the first half of November, 1 foot apart in rich, in loose soil that gets full sun

Plant fruit trees such as Apricot (Gold Kist), Pear (Seckle), Figs (Violette de Bordeaux), Nectarine (Double Delight), Peaches (Red Baron), and Plums (Santa Rosa)

Plant natives such as gilia tricolor and California poppy

Cut asparagus to the ground

Prune raspberries

Sow wildflowers in a well-prepared bed

Clean out gutters, downspouts, and swales

Buy rain barrels to collect rainwater for plants

Clean up fallen leaves around fruit trees

Pick persimmons as soon as they are fully colored, before the birds get to them. Allow fruit to ripen indoors

Watch out for slugs and snails around your new plantings. This is the time when they are everywhere.

Turn your compost pile and keep it damp

Plant in your flower garden winter and spring bulbs, spring wildflowers, bee balm, calendula, candytuft, clarkia, cornflower, columbine, coreopsis, dianthus, foxglove, larkspur, nigella, poppy, snapdragon, sweet peas, dusty miller, lobelia, lupine, petunia, scabiosa, stock, verbena, agapanthus, carnation, delphinium, hollyhock, lavender, penstemon, rudbeckia, salvia, statice, and yarrow

In your vegetable garden plant spinach, lettuce, peas, turnips, carrots, beets, parsnip, onions, Swiss chard, radish, chives, parsley, cilantro, garlic, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, and shallots

*East Coast Garden Chores for the month of November:

Plant evergreens, tulips and lilies if weather permits

Prune raspberry bushes and any damaged wood on shrubs and trees

Use row covers and cold frames to extend the season

Cut back on feeding houseplants, check for insects and disease

Divide fall blooming perennials and bulbs after leaves yellow

Cover perennial beds with thick leaf mulch or evergreen branches after ground is frozen

Protect tender plants such as roses

Clean up garden and add to compost pile

Water plants under eves and on porches

Clean, sharpen and repair garden tools

Force bulbs indoors for holiday bloom

Following is a Moon Gardening calendar for November and which days are best for specific chores:

November 1st-13th: the Moon is in the Waxing phase, when the lunar gravitational pull brings the water up, which makes it a good time of the month to encourage plant growth and proliferation. Plant seeds, transplant, re-pot, trim and prune for growth. Also, fruits and vegetables that are tender and should be eaten immediately are at their best when gathered at the Waxing Moon, because the water content is higher, salads are crunchier, and juicier.

The 4 days before and also 4 days after the Full Moon is the best time to prune, plant seeds (they germinate faster when planted at the full moon because they absorb more water) and fertilize plants as close to the Full Moon as possible. Cut bamboo and sow a lawn or put down sod.

The Full Moon is when water is at the highest level in the month. Best time to pick tomatoes. Harvest grapes to be used in winemaking as close to the full moon as possible because the grapes will retain more juice and bouquet. Gather any herbs to be used for their essential oils at the Full Moon because oil content is more concentrated at this time.

Recommended days for these garden chores:

Nov. 3rd: Full Moon

November 1st till the 2nd (and the 19th till Dec 2nd), ,the Moon is in the Waxing phase, when the lunar gravitational pull brings the water up, which makes it a good time of the month to encourage plant growth and proliferation. Plant seeds, transplant, re-pot, trim and prune for growth. Also, fruits and vegetables that are tender and should be eaten immediately are at their best when gathered at the Waxing Moon, because the water content is higher, salads are crunchier, and juicier.

The 4 days before and also 4 days after the Full Moon is the best time to prune, plant seeds (they germinate faster when planted at the full moon because they absorb more water) and fertilize plants as close to the Full Moon as possible. Cut bamboo and sow a lawn or put down sod.

The Full Moon is when water is at the highest level in the month. Best time to pick tomatoes. Harvest grapes to be used in winemaking as close to the full moon as possible because the grapes will retain more juice and bouquet. Gather any herbs to be used for their essential oils at the Full Moon because oil content is more concentrated at this time.

Recommended days for these garden chores:

Nov. 3rd: Full Moon

November 4th till the 17th, the Moon is Waning, and the energy of the earth is drawn down but the gravitational pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil and this energy goes into the roots making it a good time of the month to sow crops that produce their yield below ground and control plant growth by pruning, weeding, and controlling garden pests, as well as dividing perennials. This is the best time for garden maintenance because the growth cycle of plants decreases. Fruit trees do best planted at this time of the month because the position of the moon encourages development of root growth and tree bark, essential to their success. This is also the best time to cut wood, because it resists parasites and cures better. Farmers pick their apples, cabbages, potatoes and onions at the Waning Moon, when water content is lowest and so the harvest stores better and keeps longer. Best time to dry herbs, flowers and fruit and the herbs are at their most potent. Also, add potassium fertilizer to plants that need it because it will be better absorbed at this time. Mow your lawn to slow growth. First time composting, start your composting during this period because the Waning Moon phase helps aid in the decomposition of plant matter.

Recommended days for these garden chores:

Nov. 3rd and 4th: Plant for root growth and divide perennials

Nov. 5th and 6th: Harvest, cultivate, weed and control pests

Nov. 7th and 8th: Plant for root growth and divide perennials

Nov. 9th and 10th: Harvest, cultivate, weed and control pests

Nov. 11th and 13th: Harvest and cultivate especially medicinal plants

Nov. 14th and 15th: Water, compost and fertilize

Nov. 16th and 17th: Prune, water, compost and fertilize

Nov. 18th: New Moon

The Moon is in the waxing phase again…

Nov. 26th and 27th: Plant above ground annuals

Nov. 30th till Dec. 1st: Plant hardy above ground annuals, especially cabbages and leafy greens

Happy gardening and see you in December!