The Vegetable Growing Year: Jobs to do in November

The days grow shorter and the chill sets in, signaling the onset of November. While the garden may seem quieter, there are still tasks to tend to as we transition into the colder months.


Much like in October, November offers the ideal window for digging and adding organic matter to any unoccupied beds. Avoid tackling this task when the ground is frozen or sodden, as it will prove hard work.

Pot Maintenance

This month presents the perfect opportunity to attend to neglected pots and containers. Use a mixture of warm water and detergent to scrub away lingering soil remnants and lurking pests. If you’ve got any terracotta pots, give them a clean and shield them from frost to prevent winter damage.

What to harvest

Though the bulk of your harvest may now be safely stored, there are a few things you can still harvest:

  • Parsnips are best harvested as needed, although their flavor is enhanced by the season’s first frost.
  • Winter cabbages, cauliflowers, and Brussels sprouts stand ready for harvesting at your convenience. Cauliflowers will easily keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks if wrapped in cling film.
  • Leeks have reached their peak and can be harvested as desired, due to their hardy nature they can survive the winter elements.

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