Vegetables & Herbs

Continue to plant greens for salads and greens for cooking.  Leave a thick rowcover handy to cover plants during freezing nights.

Continue to feed cool-season vegetables every few weeks with light doses of fertilizer

Maintain moderate soil moisture

Perennials & Annuals

Continue to feed cool-season annuals monthly with a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio product to keep them vigorous and blooming their best.

Maintain adequate soil moisture

Maintain a mulch cover over the soil to prevent cool season weeds from getting a start

Order seeds of annual and perennial flowers for starting early next year and transplanting outdoors in the spring

Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

Pruning this month is generally discouraged.  It is generally best to prune in late winter just prior to the onset of new growth.

To do any pruning on spring-only blooming plants, wait until after their bloom period.

Consider incorporating roses in your garden.  Old garden roses and many new modern hybrid varieties are much less labor intensive.  Container grown roses can be planted now.


As leaves fall to the lawn, keep them raked up to prevent them from shading the grass.  Put them in a compost pile to decompose

Mow winter weeds to keep them in check.  Mow cool-season turfgrass lawns regularly.

If your mower needs a tune-up or repairing, take it now to the local small-engine repair shop.

Source:  Texas Gardener Magazine