Northern & Central Midwest

November, 2010
Regional Report

Clean Up Perennials

Clean out all the nasty soggy perennials and annuals, but leave intact the seedheads of anything in the daisy family. The seedheads catch the snow to "bloom" again, and they will feed the birds and small creatures all winter. They can be cut back in early spring.

Clean Garden Tools

It 's the last thing you want to do after a full day of putting the garden bed, but it really is important to clean those tools before storing them. Brush or wash off all the dirt and oil the metal parts. Sharpen shovels, hoes and pruners so they will be primed and ready for that first warm spring day.

Worm Composting

Clean out your worm bin to bring indoors by harvesting the worms and starting with fresh materials. You don't want to bring indoors the pesky fruit flies and other things that end up in your bin, so put a piece of burlap with fresh vegetables on it to draw the worms up through the burlap. Then use your worm compost in the garden.

Garden Indoors

Just because winter is coming, it doesn't mean we have to give up everything fresh. You can grow baby spinach and lettuce in a container in the house as long as you give it enough light. Herbs and some of the Asian greens also do quite well indoors.

Buy Local

Many farmers' markets keep going well into November. Also, some of them move indoors for the winter, giving us the chance to continue to enjoy local produce. Even if it means driving a few more miles, it's worth finding the markets that sell winter squash, leeks, winter greens, honey, cheese and all the other great things we crave.

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