A Gardening Calendar from Morrison's.

    You might think that this being New England that there are only a few precious months to tend to your home & garden. We're here to show you 12 months of reasons why there's always something "green" to do.



    Picking up the fall leaves off the lawn is important, and they make great compost, especially when you shred them to speed up the process.

    When the ground has frozen, it is time to mulch the perennial garden. Doing this earlier can delay dormancy.

    Ornamental grasses can be left standing for winter time beauty and cut down in late winter before they shatter.

    Seed heads produced on perennials should be left standing for the birds to feast on.

    Check your climbing plants before winter being sure to prune and retie them before wind and snow loads can damage them.

    Put in driveway markers before the ground freezes.

    Blow out irrigation systems including drip systems before they freeze.

    Last call for planting bulbs for early spring color.

    Time to dig up dahlias, canna and gladiola bulbs. Store them in a cool, dry spot, buried in sawdust or peat moss.

    Time to buy amaryllis and paper white bulbs. Store them in the refrigerator if you want to delay flowering.

    Remember, Amaryllis should only be planted half way up the bulb to avoid rot.


    November is the best time to plant garlic. Remember, test the soil and have a pH of 6.8 - 7.0, and fertilize when planting. Be sure to mulch the row.

    Mulch any carrots or turnip you are leaving in the ground for harvest this winter heavily.

    Clean up old, dead plants still left in the garden. Diseased plants should not be added to the compost pile.

    If the soil has not frozen, it is not too late to plant a cover crop, like Winter Rye.

    Time to clean up your garden tools and put them away for the winter. Linseed oil is a good choice for preserving weathered wood handles.


    Keep taking the leaves and pine needles off the lawn. They are good for mulching, and for adding to the compost.

    When the grass has stopped growing, it's time to mow and fertilize for the last time. This will give your lawn a faster green-up in the spring.

    If the ground is not frozen you can still apply moss control to areas with moss.

    Try to not walk on the lawn when the grass is frozen.



    Apply an anti-desiccant, such as Bonide Wilt-Stop, to broadleaf evergreens when the temperatures are above freezing and the spray can dry on the plants. Evergreens that are in wind prone areas with sun exposure are most susceptible to winter burn, and either this treatment or using a burlap windscreen will help.

    Caution: Wilt-Stop will both cause blue needled evergreens to turn green, and may be harmful to scale type needled evergreens like Arborvitae. Always read the label first.

    Lastly be sure your plants are adequately mulched. 

    Deer ticks are still active as long as temperatures are above freezing; so don’t let your guard down, and do protect your pets

    Christmas greens last longer and look better when sprayed with Wilt-Stop

    Cut off the spent flowers in your window box or pots and make an arrangement with cut evergreens.

    If you have a brush pile that is going to be burned this winter, cover it now with a tarp for easier lighting.

    When buying a cut Christmas tree always put a fresh cut on it and stick it in water even if you are not setting it up immediately.

    If you don’t use a birdbath heater then turn it over before ice forms and it breaks.

    The number one cause of houseplant death is overwatering. Always check the soil first to be sure it has dried before watering.

    If your Christmas cactus hasn’t bloomed try giving it a cold period (40’s or 50’s) and that should due the trick.

    If spider mites are a problem then regular misting daily should give control.


    If you haven’t put a thick layer of straw over your root vegetables better do it.

    Kale can still grow during warm days of the winter.

    Hardware cloth around the base of your fruit trees can prevent chewing by voles and mice.

    Don’t start pruning your fruit trees until the leaves are totally of and the temperatures are below freezing.


    When frozen stay off!

    Keep leaves off the lawn to prevent smothering.

    Have your lawn mower serviced before spring so you are ready to go.