November 2020 was a great month as temperatures continued to cool. The temperatures were enjoyed not only by my garden but also by myself. And I feel I have a lot to be thankful for during this season.
November 2020 Gratitude
This month I was thankful for the weather. I was thankful for my health and my ability to enjoy the outdoors. And I was also thankful to be in nature and soak up the Vitamin D. It’s amazing how such pleasures as being outside is also something that strengthens the immune system. And we can all use some of that these days.
This month I was thankful for the opportunity to go paddleboarding. This was probably the most enjoyable experience I’ve had in 2020. It was peaceful, it was therapeutic, it was fun, and it was a workout. It’s a day I’ll never forget.
I was also thankful to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones. During this time, I think the connection is more important than ever. There is power in numbers and I am happy to be surrounded by that. A hug and belly full of laughter are sometimes all I need.
I also spent more time in my backyard, enjoying my garden. Whether it was weeding, or just throwing a blanket down and reading. My garden has always been a place of peace and possibilities.
November 2020 Garden
This month I might have overdone it with one of my crops.
When planting seeds, it’s good practice to plant multiple seeds (depending on the vegetable and what the seed packet says) and then thin any extras. This is because of how likely a seed is to germinate. You don’t want to plant a single seed and not have it pop up because it can delay your growing season. So for my bok choy, I planted three seeds in each space where I only planned to have one full-grown plant. Sometimes I thin and discard the extras, but this year I decided to transplant them and see which ones would take. Long story short, I have about 48 bok choy plants growing and they’re all going to be ready around the same time. Guess what my family will be getting in their stockings this year for Christmas? 😂
I also planted tatsoi this year. Similar to bok choy, this Chinese cabbage is tender and buttery. It tastes similar to spinach and can be eaten raw in a salad or added to soup or a stir-fry. I’d definitely plant more.
Lots of greens are growing this month, besides the bok choy and tatsoi, I also have kale, mustard greens, and broccoli growing.
Here’s what was growing this November in hardiness zone 9b:
Vegetables: Beets, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, bulbing onions, bunching onions, carrots, kale, mustard greens, tatsoi, and tomatoes.
Fruit: Blueberry, elderberry, honey tangerine, Key lime, limequat, Meyers lemon, Persian lime, and pineapple.
Flowers: Bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, Mexican heather, morning glories, mums, penstemons, poppies, roses, Shasta daisies, sweet peas, Texas bluebonnets, and zinnias.
Herbs: basil, chamomile, chives, cilantro, dill, holy basil (tulsi), lemon balm, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, spearmint, and thyme.
November 2020 Happenings and Shenanigans
This month I just focused on weeding and feeding in the garden.
This month I weeded around my garden beds and added some new mulch. Mulching is great for weed control, locking in the moisture, and regulating soil temperate.
I still use EZ-Straw in my garden beds and pots. I prefer to use straw because it’s lighter weight. If I ever plant seeds I don’t have to worry about blocking seeds from germinating. And I still use FloriMulch around my raised beds. These are fairly small wood chips. I have to make sure to use gloves while handling the chips, but this is the brand I’ve been using for the past couple of years from lowes.
Last month I started adding a citrus fertilizer to my potted citrus trees because the leaves were yellowing considerably. Below is a picture I took in October of some of my leaves.
Since adding the fertilizer I’ve noticed new growth and the leaves have been turning green. The picture below was from one month later after one application. I’ve added a second application to all my citrus trees (5 of them) and probably have enough left for a third application before I’ll need to purchase more.
I’m satisfied with the changes I’ve seen and I’ll be making sure to keep up with supplying my citrus trees with adequate nutrition. And I’m also excited that I have about dozen lemons on my Meyer’s lemon tree.
I’d love to hear what you grew in November! Comment below. 😊
Wherever you are in the world, I wish you health and happiness. ❤️
Until next time, Happy Gardening!