November 2018 Garden Update

November is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather started to really become pleasant this month. There were multiple times where I had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day, both in and out of the garden. Harvests were more abundant this month and temperatures started to drop, sweetening the cabbage growing.

November 2018 Garden Update

What’s Growing in November

This month we still had both warm season and cool season crops growing. No shade cloths were needed this month and a few new vegetables were planted including sugar snap peas, more bok choy, and kale.

Here is the list below for what was growing during November:

Vegetables: Peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, bok choy, onions, cauliflower, mustard greens, lettuce, kale, and sugar snap peas.

Fruit: Limequats, Meyers lemons, Key limes, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Flowers: Mums, zinnias, Mexican heather, roses, marigolds, and cranberry hibiscus.

Herbs: Chives, borage, basil, cilantro, parsley, oregano, mint, calendula, and feverfew.

This month we harvested bok choy, tomatoes, banana peppers, and bell peppers. A couple heads of cabbage are getting close to harvest time. The broccoli plants are just starting to head, and the eggplants are starting to fruit.

A lot of tomatoes were harvested early before the frost we had in November. While some may prefer to leave tomatoes to ripen on the vine, I find critters enjoy that, too. I typically harvest my tomatoes as soon as they start to change colors, and let them finish ripening in the kitchen.

Garden Products I Used In November

This month there were a couple of garden products that I used to help my garden. We had a night of frost and cold temperatures where the frost blankets had to be pulled out. And a day of garden maintenance required a good set of gloves.

Frost Blankets

This was the first month of the season where we had to pull out the frost blankets. Temperatures dropped into the 30s overnight and we had frost the next morning. While old sheets can be used to cover your plants, I prefer to have dedicated frost covers. These are light enough to not crush your plants, while still being heavy enough to protect from cold temperatures. The tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tropical plants were all covered to protect them, while the cabbage and broccoli were left alone since temperatures weren’t dropping too low. To learn more, check out how to protect your plants from the cold.

Blood meal and Bone Meal

Last month I repotted my citrus and added some blood meal and bone meal. I’m happy to announce that this is the first time my key lime has blossomed since I’ve had it, and it looks like it’s already started to fruit.

The roses have also made a comeback from adding these natural fertilizers and are looking healthy.

What I’d do Different Next November

One thing I wish I had done better this month was maintaining the weeds in my garden. There were a couple of very pleasant days towards the end of the month where my trusty gloves and I spent a decent amount of time weeding and pruning. This task could have been done more towards the beginning of the month, giving the plants more nutrients than they got with competing weeds popping up.

That’s it for My Little Green Garden. Do you have something growing in your garden this month? Comment below!

November 2018 Garden Update

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