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Learn—month by month—the necessary gardening activities for lawns and shrubs, annuals and perennials, fruit and nut trees, and bulbs, roots, and tubers. Included is a timeline for activities such as soil testing, planting, pruning, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, indoor plantings—from cauliflower to okra, from camellias to dahlias to heirloom roses.

Fruits and Nuts

  • Select sites for plantings.
  • Start mulching strawberries, blackberries, and grapes.


  • Plant shrubs, trees, and vines.


  • Perform a soil test to determine if limestone is recommended and apply anytime this fall.
  • Fertilize fescue lawns at 1 pound slow-release nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
  • As fall rain returns, monitor for fungal disease in fescue.


  • Get rose planting underway.
  • Use a soil test as a basis for fertilization.
  • Look for new varieties.

Annuals and Perennials

  • Plant hardy annuals such as larkspur, poppies, pansies, bugloss, candytuft, and ornamental cabbage and kale.
  • Get sweet peas into the ground.


  • Continue spring bulb planting.
  • Put lilies of the valley in a shady place.


  • Plant screen plantings for privacy on the patio.


  • Use cold frames for tender, cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, lettuce, mustard, onions, radishes, and turnips.


Call the Master Gardener Helpline at (877) 252-4769. A Master Gardener Extension volunteer is waiting to answer your call.


Download a PDF of Alabama Gardener’s Calendar – November, ANR-2623.

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