Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in the Rockies November

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in the Rockies November

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LEAF MULCH Gather leaves from your garden and spread them loosely, ? to 2 feet deep, overall irrigated ornamental beds. If leaves mat down after a heavy snowfall, fluff them up with a spading fork.

BOTANICAL CORRECTNESS If you don't know a pistil from a stamen, check out the newest edition of Botany for Gardeners (Timber Press, 2010; $20) by Brian Capon. It's a classic gardener's reference that we've relied on for years.

COMPOST Continue adding kitchen scraps and chopped-up garden debris - along with old pumpkins and gourds used for Thanksgiving decorations - to your compost pile. Water and turn your pile occasionally as long as it remains unfrozen.

Protect veggies

To store root crops like beets and carrots in the ground for another month or longer, cover them with afoot of fluffed straw or hay. Protect lettuce, spinach, and other greens with floating row covers, available from most garden centers.

PRUNE Remove broken branches and unwanted suckers, then run them through a chipper-shredder to use as mulch.

Lipstick plant

Grow it for dazzling scarlet flowers indoors this month, recommends Kelly Grummons of Timberline Gardens in Arvada, Colorado. …

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