Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern Coasts

November, 2000
Regional Report

Moving Spider Lilies

Spider lilies send up their strappy leaves in clumps where the bare-naked lady flowers were last month. Fertilize them now by working a complete, granular formula into the soil around them. If you plan to move some lilies, mark the clumps now and move them after the leaves turn dark green.

Camellia Care

Sasanqua camellias seem to be late flowering this year; it may be a reaction to the drought. Now is the time to buy these southern classics. Check out neighbors and public gardens for varieties you want and shop locally and through the mail. Water and mulch these plants now and look for flowers to start opening soon.

Rake and Mow Lawns

As leaves pile up, it's tempting to just run the mower through them, slicing and dicing the leaves and turning them to mulch. However, in my experience, you'll just end up with a dense mulch of grass clippings and chopped leaves on the lawn. A better idea is to rake the leaves, compost them, and then mow the lawn.

Control Kale and Cabbage Pests

Cut-leaved kale, red and white with gray and even pink tones, looks great in garden beds and pots with pansies, snapdragons, and other flowers. But ornamental kale and cabbage are still very susceptible to cabbage loopers devouring their leaves. Control loopers by hand picking them or spraying with B.t.

Thin Greens

Spinach, Swiss chard, and mustards compete with each other if planted too close together. The result is wimpy plants with thin leaves good for one picking or none. Thin plants now by removing (and eating) young plants so that at least 6 inches is left all around the remaining plants.


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