What to Do in the Garden in November

In Oklahoma there is still plenty to do in the garden in November. Even though the garden season is winding down, there is still plenty to grow.

In Oklahoma there is still plenty to do in the garden in November. Even though the garden season is winding down, there is still plenty to grow.

What to do in the garden in November

Most years in zone 7, we get a light freeze by mid-November. There are many plants that still grow in the garden in November and beyond after a light frost and a few that will grow after a hard freeze. If you want to grow all winter long, you can look into row covers or a greenhouse. But there is still plenty to do in the garden even if you don’t.

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What to plant in November

I have grown herbs year-round, kale year-round and carrots and radishes year-round. I have grown lots of peas, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and broccoli throughout November. As long as the soil is still warm, you can germinate peas, carrots, radishes, potatoes, turnips, lettuce, and spinach in November.

In Oklahoma there is still plenty to do in the garden in November. Even though the garden season is winding down, there is still plenty to grow.

Winter crops

Choosing fast growing vegetables such as lettuce and radishes, will help you get a crop in most years in the garden in November before the hard freezes begin. Starting with plants for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and kohlrabi will help you get a crop out of those as well. You can throw some plastic over them in the event of a hard freeze or build some cold frames, and you can still continue to grow them all winter long.

If you haven’t had a freeze yet, you could still be growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, beans, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, Brussel sprouts, potatoes, kohlrabi, peas, swiss chard, kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots, beets, turnips, squash, and cucumbers.  If you have had a light freeze, you could still be growing herbs, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots, Brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, peas, beets and turnips.

November garden chores

If you haven’t added compost to your garden in November or topped it with mulch, there is still plenty of time to put the garden to bed for the winter. Make sure to add nutrients in the form of fallen leaves or grass clippings. Straw is another great source of mulch for the garden to protect it over the winter.

carrots growing in the garden

Gardening in November

If you are growing garlic, wheat, or other winter crops in the garden in November, continue to water the garden one inch per week when it’s not raining. Usually the fall provides plenty of moisture for the garden, but keep tabs on it to make sure.



Also pull out the remaining weeds and make sure your garden beds are ready and weed free for the spring planting time. Do any repair or maintenance of the garden beds over winter when it’s not too hot to work.

November is a great time to do a mass harvest of all your garden herbs and put some up to use for later, there are so many ways to preserve excess herbs from the garden.

Planting calendar

For a month by month garden planting guide, check out the highlighted text. 

Get your 2020 Recipe calendar with Farm to Table recipes by clicking on the picture below. Has a planting calendar in the back. 

Calendar with recipes for 2020 on a wooden fence

For what to do in the garden month by month, click here. 

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