With the leaves falling and the arrival of frost, the activity does not stop for the avid gardener. Hopefully we will have more sunny days to enter our gardens in order to properly lull them to sleep for the winter.
An excellent book, “Gardening Month by Month in Ontario” by Alison Beck, lets us know what to do each month for our gardens and lawns.
November tasks include: raking lawns and applying fertilizer after the lawn is dormant; harvest the remaining vegetables; bring and clean gardening tools; continue to remove weeds; move clay and concrete pots and statues to a protected location to prevent them from cracking during winter; and plant spring bulbs. Members of the horticultural society who attended the welcome general meeting in October purchased some of the different varieties of bulbs the company was offering for sale. There will be many gardens next spring showing additional pops of color.
Looking out into the garden, we see our sturdy tea roses sprouting among the bushes of Sharon roses, along with a pot of begonia cherries, which have performed well all summer due to the frequent rains. It’s so nice to see them still blooming at this time of year.
If you love gardening and nature and would like to become a member of the Haldimand Horticultural Society, or want to know more about what we do in our communities, or have any further questions, email haldimandhorticulture @ gmail.com
Haldimand Horticultural Society is a club for all gardeners. We cultivate friendships and gardens, helping to beautify our communities.
Barbara Wilson is a member of the Haldimand Horticultural Society.