Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2011
Regional Report

Take Care of Garden Tools

To last longer and be ready for next year, garden tools need good care before going into storage. Use a wire brush to clean off mud and rust. To reduce rust accumulation, insert the tools in a bucket of sand mixed with a pint of motor oil.

Protect Wooden Handles

Rakes, shovels, spading forks, and hoes with wooden handles will benefit from a protective treatment. Brush a mixture of one part linseed oil and one part turpentine on wooden handles. Apply two coats evenly.

Clean Floating Row Covers

To prolong the life of your floating row covers, wash them in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. Dry outdoors, not in a dryer. Fold and store for next year, away from mice and squirrels.

Water Landscape Plants Deeply

Be sure to water evergreens, shrubs, and trees deeply every five weeks, unless we have a wet fall and winter. Water when temperatures are over 45 degrees and early in the day to allow the moisture to soak in. South and west exposures and slopes need the most attention.

Continue Harvesting

Harvest any of the remaining root crops before the soil freezes hard. If you like, you can apply an extra heavy layer of stray mulch around carrots and parsnips and harvest them throughout the fall and winter.


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