It's November at Witchy Woods. The leaves are falling steadily, The Mighty Oak is deer hunting as we speak and I'm just beginning to Christmas shop. The vegetables and flowers are gone with the first frost, but that doesn't mean there's no work or fun to be had. Here are a list of tasks I'm doing this month, and something you might consider on your own farm.
1. Plant Garlic. This is my first year planting this bulbous beauty, and all my research has pointed to November being the best time to get it into the ground.
2. Plant Trees. Fall is a great time to plant trees. Planting in the fall allows the root system to begin growing and get established before the hot days of summer arrive.
3. Protect New Plants. The Mighty Oak gifted me six hydrangeas for my birthday in September. We've planted them around the house edge. To protect them TMO created cylinders from wire bought at Rural King. I put these on top of the plants, and then filled and surrounded the area with leaves to protect from the harsh cold days of winter.
4. Prep Your Garden. Clean up the garden if you haven't already. Mow it down, add organic matter and till it up. Also if you haven't started a compost pile, now is the time to begin! This is also a great time to till up prospective flower beds and meadows for spring planting.
5. Order Seeds. This time of year you'll often find seeds at a huge discount at my favorite online seed stores like Botanical Interests, American Meadows and Park Seeds. It's never too early to plant the mental seeds of next year's crop. I scored these pumpkins and squash seeds at 30% off.
I hope this post inspires you to stay connected to the garden even after the abundance is picked for the season. Join me next month for another edition of Farming By The Month. ♥
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The Mighty Oak and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary. We decided this year, that instead of gifts we start a sweet tradition and invest in our farm. So began the Witchy Woods Anniversary Orchard. We'd been talking about getting fruit trees all summer, and knowing the fall was a great time to plant trees, the plan came together like kismet, much like us.
If you're considering an orchard or even just a tree or two, this eight-step guide will help you through the process. Our farm motto is: don't complicate it.
3. DIG YOUR HOLE.