Gardening in November 2004 in Tofino
by Trina Mattson, Tofino
Gardening in November is like working on a Holiday. Nobody wants to
do it, but the payoff in the end is worth the extra effort. If the
weather cooperates and we get a few nice days all the cleaning that
can be accomplished just makes a healthier garden for next year. And
as long as we don’t get too early of a frost there’s lots
to be done.
Bulbs can still be worked into the ground for spring displays of
colour, starting with plants that bloom as early as mid January. For
right by the front door, plant your bulbs in pots, and store them
to the side, were they will still get the weather, then come spring,
the bulbs are in their prime place them wherever you want instant colour.
While you are planting spring bulbs, you could also dig up any Dahlia,
Tuberous Begonia and other such tender bulbs to store for the winter,
or if you do what
I do, just move the pot into the carport or any dry area and let it dry out
for the winter.
If you are wanting to plant amaryllis and spring flowering bulbs
so that you have a splash of colour at Christmas, you need to start
them soon, as they take
6-8 weeks to grow before they show any colour, and we have brought both into
the nursery this year.
By now all the leaves should have fallen off your roses, and clean
up is a must, if you want to keep the bacterial bad boys at bay next
year, and yes if you want
to you can lime your lawn at this point, as well as other lime loving plants.
By now most ponds will have gone dormant, so any floating plants
such as water hyacinths should be removed so that they don’t sink to the bottom and create
a mess. These can be composted or thrown right into the garden as they will decay
right smartly over the winter.
For the most part anyone who does feed their fish can pretty much
stop now, keep an eye on the temperature of the water, once the water
dips below 10 degrees,
fish cannot digest food properly and it just fouls the water.
For any one with hanging baskets, it is time to take them down and
clean up the basket and store it away for next year, if you save the
plants and nurse them
back, to life, clip the plants back and store them in a dry spot over the winter,
or if you turf all the plants and soil, do just that. I throw the soil and
plants into a spot in the garden and build the soil up to it or dig
the basket shaped
mound down into the ground, a lot of the plants in hanging baskets are perennial,
and come back next year, so I have instantaneous planter effect, and have almost
everything come back including geraniums that have managed to over winter out
And lastly remember to clean up those hard working tools and store
them for next year, although you may want to keep out your clippers
for next months project.
Trina Mattson owns and operates the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino.
Tofino gardening tips form Trina Mattson of the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino. Published in Tofino in Tofino Time Magazine November 2004.