As the holiday season quickly approaches, we can't help but feel the excitement building. This month, we decided to expand our Journal and bring you a mix of November garden tips and recipes that will elevate your Thanksgiving, giving it a true garden-to-table experience.
With the pleasant fall temperatures in Phoenix, there's no better time to get outside, and November offers an abundance of opportunities to enhance and maintain your kitchen garden. Below we share some valuable tips on how to care for your garden throughout the month. From weed control to cultivating new seasonal favorites, we've got you covered.
So, join us as we prepare for a wonderful holiday season, where homegrown dishes take center stage. Let's create an unforgettable garden-to-table experience and savor the best of what this November has to offer.
In November, you have numerous choices for planting vegetables from both seeds and transplants here in zone 9. Lettuce varieties, in particular, are a personal favorite because they continue producing with each harvest, so you can enjoy fresh salads with your nightly dinner!
While the herb options may be slightly limited in this month, there are still plenty of choices. You can start herbs from seed, use transplants, or even take cuttings. If you decide to propagate cuttings in water, make sure to plant them in soil that contains a good amount of perlite and peat moss. These additions to your garden soil will create a nurturing environment for your water-rooted cuttings, encouraging them to grow into happy and mature plants!
The list of low desert flowers that can be planted from seed or transplant in November is extensive. Whether you prefer vibrant blooms or delicate petals, you'll find a wide range of options to add beauty to your garden.
November Garden Maintenance
Don't forget to keep an eye out for weeds! Late November is the ideal time to treat weeds with pre-emergence herbicides. These chemicals are applied to bare ground to prevent weed growth later on. If you have gravel areas where you don't plan to cultivate spring wildflowers, using herbicides can be especially beneficial as they can prevent the establishment of all seedlings. If you choose to apply the herbicide yourself, look for a ready-to-use product that is easy to handle. However, if you're unsure about following the product label instructions precisely, it's best to hire a professional to handle the task.
Garden To Table Recipes We Love!
Growing your own vegetables brings a sense of pride and satisfaction to the table, quite literally. Not only do homegrown vegetables provide an abundance of flavors, but they also offer a healthier alternative to store-bought options. Imagine the vibrant colors and crisp textures that will adorn your holiday spread, all thanks to your own kitchen garden! Here are a few of our favorite garden to table recipes for the holidays and beyond.
Roasted Root Vegetables - This is one of my go-to's. It's quick, easy, delicious, and very customizable!
Rosemary and Thyme Butter - An upgrade even for store bought rolls, this is another easy and flavorful recipe. It goes especially well with sweet potato rolls.
Green Beans Gremolata - This is a staple on my friend Dana's Thanksgiving table!
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast - Herbs from your garden make the star of the show even better!
With the above tips and recipes, bringing a garden to table aspect to your holidays should be a snap. Let us know what recipes you try, and please share your favorites, too. We wish you a bountiful November!
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