To-Do List for November

Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of November.


November is a good time to pot up some parsley and bring it indoors.Zone 5

  • Plant garlic cloves and shallots 2 inches deep and 4 inches apart; mulch with 6 inches of straw or shredded leaves.
  • Dig up remaining root crops.
  • Still time to haul in a pot of parsley: Pot it, water well, and set in a bright window.
  • Don't remove chrysanthemum foliage—leave it to protect the crown.
  • Cut back other perennials (except spring bloomers, roses, and grasses) to a few inches above soil level.
  • Prune tea roses back to 8 to 12 inches high, mound compost around the bud union, then cover with a rose cone.
  • Dig the hole for planting live Christmas trees now—before the soil freezes.