Gardening in the fall in the Piedmont is a glorious adventure
SOIL TEST KITS
How to do a Soil Sample for Testing, Where to get a Soil Test Kit in Mecklenburg County
Become A Master Gardener
If you have an interest in gardening, a strong desire to share your time and your gardening knowledge with others in our community, along with a love of lifelong learning, you may be a good candidate for the Master Gardener program. Find out about becoming an EMG here. Applications are accepted all year long. Sessions are each winter.
Your fun, casual walk in the Demonstration Gardens just got a little educational boost! See something wonderful - plant, trees, shrub - that you'd like to know more about maybe even grow? aim your scan for a QR quick response on these signs and find the plant specifics right away.
Testing your soil is free this time of year, other than the postage, so why not send a few samples in? Above all, take a look around, and be grateful for nature’s bounty.
Grow Perennial HERBS Growing herbs is much less demanding than growing vegetables. You can grow herbs successfully by following a few simple rules:
-Drought Tolerant HERBS
-Herb Garden Design
Get outside and enjoy your garden this November. Read more in the Advantages of Fall Gardening
Keep an eye on the weather forecast, particularly for night time frost alerts. November 15th is the average first frost in the N.C. Piedmont region. Early or late frost is always a garden turning point.
November is a good time to plant and transplant trees, shrubs and groundcovers; continue deep watering of evergreens until freezing weather occurs.
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- What to do with ALL those Leaves?
Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs
· Perennials—dig, divide and replant overcrowded perennials that have finished flowering. Cut back peonies after the first frost. Cut cannas just above ground level and remove the debris to avoid over-wintering leaf rollers.
· Bulbs—spring flowering bulbs are still available (daffodil, Dutch iris, freesia, anemone, oxalis, ranunculus, hyacinth, crocus and tulip); plant paper-white narcissus in stones in bulb pan in early November to have blooms for Christmas; continue bulb forcing through late winter.
· Start or repair cool-season lawns; over-seed warm-season lawns with cool-season grass.
· Fescue lawns will benefit from a November application of fertilizer to promote root development without excessive top growth.
· Clean up leaf litter to control slugs and snails by removing their hiding places.
Lawn & Landscaping More helpful lawn advice here
Vegetables and Fruits
November is a good time to plant asparagus crowns and strawberry plants. Onion sets and garlic can also be planted now.
Warmth loving fruit trees like figs and pomegranates will appreciate a thorough mulching. Use your composted leaves from last year.
EDIBLES Vegetables & Fruits
The NC State Extension Gardener 2015 Piedmont Edition newsletter is here. Perfectly timed, a wealth of good to-know info from creating wildlife habitat and into fall-winter
RIGHT PLANT, Right Place take this handy Grow Guide with you to shop for your 'right plant'. Full of great suggestions on natives, landscape, soil. Focused on growing well in Mecklenburg County.
Native Plants with Winter Interest in the Demonstration Gardens by Debbie Blystone "Winter can bring its own special beauty to a garden with just a little effort on the part of the garden designer. When the annuals have been pulled and the perennials have been cut back to the ground the “bones” of the garden take over and put on a show of their own"...read more...
EAT Healthy Local Food
more about....Sweet Potatoes