Charlie’s Garden Blog: Late November
Leeks, Lasagna Gardening, Making Raised Beds, Dogwood Trees and Cranberry Recipes
Hey, what happened to that beautiful fall weather we were having? It’s gotten unseasonably cold in my neck of the woods. That didn’t stop Wendy and I from making some permanent raised beds out of rough-cut hemlock, cedar and some screws. We put together some 3′ x 10′ beds, 8 inches tall for less than $30/bed. Not bad. It’s also not too late to create a lasagna bed for planting next spring.
Plus, it’s Thanksgiving season. Time to cook up some recipes with great seasonal foods such as leeks and cranberries. Learn about growing leeks for next year. Watch me talk about cranberries on my latest TV broadcast. So, bundle up, enjoy the the holiday with gratefulness, joy, good food and friends. Until next time, I’ll be seeing you in the garden.
Leeks are great fall crops. We’re still working our way through the 50 or so we planted in spring. The cold weather doesn’t stop them, even if they freeze. I love leeks in soups, sauteed or shredded in salads. If you didn’t plant leeks this year, consider them for next season. Learn more about leeks in this excerpt from my book, Northeast Fruit and Vegetable Gardening and in this podcast.
November is a great time to do some construction projects around the house. Raised beds are great way to maximize your garden space. By raising the bed up 8 inches or so, the soil will dry out faster and warm up quicker in spring and you can concentrate your weeding, watering and fertilizing in a smaller space. You can build permanent raised beds now, or next spring just create one, free style. Learn more about making raised beds from my video. Now is a great time to build a lasagna garden. Learn about making those in my podcast.
I’m regularly on WCAX-TV, a CBS affiliate, that airs throughout northern New England and Quebec, Canada. Here I am talking about growing cranberries, using the “bounce” test to find the best berries and some recipes for the holidays. Enjoy!
It may be a little late to be planting trees this fall, but for next spring, keep in mind these natives. Dogwoods are great trees to grow in our climate. While the flowering dogwood, (Cornus florida) gets all the attention, there are some other dogwoods that are easier to grow and I think just as beautiful. Check these out in my podcast on dogwoods.