• November: Growing Amaryllis

    Amaryllis should be grown in a pot that is no more than 2 to 2.5 cm larger than the bulb.  Several amaryllis bulbs can be placed together in a larger pot.  Leave approximately one third of the bulb exposed.  Amaryllis should be watered sparingly and placed in a sunny window.  Turn the pot regularly so that the stem grows straight.

  • November: Feeding Houseplants

    It is time to stop feeding your houseplants.  The short daylight hours and resulting lower light conditions slow down a plant’s metabolism and the additional nutrients cannot be absorbed.  Houseplants grown under artificial lights will continue to need to be fed throughout the winter months.

  • November: Protecting Your Roses

    Rose bushes need to be protected from the freeze/thaw cycles that our winters bring us.  Pile a layer of peat moss, compost or shredded leaves around the bottom 20 cm of your rose bushes after the ground has frozen.

  • November: Diseased Leaves

    Diseased leaves should be removed from under trees and shrubs.  Do not put them in your compost pile.


  • November: Leave Root Vegetables in Place For Winter Harvests

    Root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips are sweeter after hard frost and can be harvested all winter. Remove top foliage from the plants and cover them with 15 cm of leaves or straw. Cover with an old piece of carpet. During the winter, just lift the coverings and dig out your veggies.

  • November: Protect Tender Plants on Frosty Nights

    Overnight temperatures can vary widely in November. Should frost threaten, put old sheets, dark plastic, or burlap over your tender plants. Just remember to remove them when the temperature rises. This lengthens the season in both flower beds and vegetable gardens.

  • November: Tie In Long Rose Canes

    Tie down climbing rose canes to protect them from cold winds. And if you tie the flexible canes roses in a horizontal arc along a fence or trellis, it will trigger the greater bud break leading to many more blossoms next year.

  • November: Still Time to Get Those Bulbs In!

    Don’t worry, there’s still time to get your tulip bulbs planted. By the way, this year, mark their location so that you don’t accidentally disturb them in the spring. Use small stakes or markers, coloured golf tees, or paint the name of the bulb on a rock and place the rock where it’s planted.

  • November: Prune Out Viburnum Leaf Beetle Egg Cases

    Now that the leaves are falling, you will be able to see the egg cases left behind by this year’s viburnum leaf beetle infestation. They are usually found on the underside of the youngest, smallest twigs. You can see images on the Cornell University website here. Simply prune them out.

  • November: Moving Rosemary Indoors

    Rosemary will not survive our cold winters outdoors but can be grown indoors.  Pot it up using an growing medium for containers.  Bring it indoors gradually so that it has time to acclimatize to its new environment – for an hour the first day, then back out to a cool spot.  Increase the time indoors for a week or ten days.  This is similar to the way in which we harden off our seedlings in the spring except that the plant is being moved from outdoors to indoors.

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