Eco Garden November 2016

Eco Garden November 2016
August 23, 2016 Christina Mullin
brussels sprouts

To buy in season: Brussels Sprouts


To buy in season: Pears


To buy in season: Pomegranate


To plant in season: Peas


To plant in season: Lettuce


To plant in season: Cabbage

Moon Gardening by Priscilla Woolworth
Please check out my blog about Gardening according to the phases of the Moon, where I’ll explain it in more detail.


Nov. 1st-13th: Waxing
Nov. 14th: Full Moon
Nov. 15th-28th: Waning
Nov. 29th: New Moon

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

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, 9th-10th: Plant hardy, above ground annuals
Nov. 13th: Plant annuals, cabbages and leafy greens
Nov. 14th: Full Moon

November, 15th-28th, 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. 15tth: Harvest, cultivate, weed and control pests
Nov 17th-18th: Plant for root growth, divide perennials
Nov. 18th-20th: Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests
Nov. 21st-22nd: Harvest and cultivate, especially medicinal plants
Nov 23rd-25th: Water, compost and fertilize
Nov. 26th-27th: Prune, water, compost and fertilize
Nov. 29th: New Moon

Happy Gardening!