November: Feeding Houseplants

It is time to stop feeding your houseplants or, at the very least, feed sparingly using fertilizer that is diluted by at least half. The short daylight hours and resulting lower light conditions slow down a plant’s metabolism and the…

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…

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…

November: Wrapping Tree Trunks

Young and newly planted trees are vulnerable to both sun-scald and four-legged creatures nibbling on their bark in the winter.  Protect the tender bark by wrapping the trunk with burlap, kraft paper or hardware cloth.  The protection should go from…

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 and…

November: Living Christmas Trees

If you are planning to purchase a live Christmas tree, dig the hole now before the ground freezes.  Keep the soil dug out of the hole in a place where it won’t freeze so that you can use it to…

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.…