November in the garden often has us missing the long days of summer, but not yet in the cold nights of winter. It is a time of transition and can often provide you with a chance to revive your soil through a fall/winter planted cover crop. Of course not all growing ceases for those of us lucky enough to grow in San Diego as we tend to have very mild winters. Some great choices for winter color this time of year include medicinal calendula as well as edible nasturtiums and don’t forget your veggies. Beets, carrots, kale, spinach and radishes can still be started from seed while broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bare root strawberries and swiss chard can be grown from transplant.
This month is also full of wonderful gardening events;
Saturday, November 3rd – Build Your Own Hydroponic Garden at the SD Botanic Garden from 9:00 – 1:00 pm. $95 for non-members, includes materials.
Saturday, November 3rd – Learn how to Make Your Own Mozzarella at Wild Willow Farm, the class fee of $40 includes your own take home cheese.
Saturday, November 3rd – Pathfinder Farms hosts How to Manage Manure with the Solana Center from 2:00 – 4:00pm. Free
Saturday, November 10th – Attend the Water Conservation Gardens Fall Festival from 10-4pm where scheduled workshops will be held on topics such as growing blueberries and making your own cheese. $5 general admission.
Sunday, November 11th – Did you know this is the best time of year to prune certain trees? Learn everything you need to know at City Farmers, Pruning 101 from 10:00 – 11:00 am.
Monday, November 12th – The San Diego Horticultural Society hosts author Ivette Soler from 6:00 – 8:30pm as she discusses her bestselling book The Edible Front Yard. $20 for non-members.
Tuesday, November 13th – Gardening in California’s Mediterranean Climate will be discussed at CCSE from 6:00 – 7:30pm.
Wednesday, November 14th – The Mission Hills Garden Club will be meeting in our very own Little Italy at the fantastic Botanica on India Street at 6:00pm. Guest fee is $10.
Saturday, November 17th – Ecolife Foundation hosts a Village Aquaponics Workshop from 10:00 – 12:30 pm where you can learn how to build your own system. $30
Saturday, November 17th – Stop by the Dixieline on Convoy from 9:30 – 11:30am for a free Compost Workshop hosted by the Solana Center.
Saturday, November 17th – Attend Introduction to Backyard Chickens at Wild Willow Farm where you will also be treated to a screening of “Chicks in the City”. $30
Plenty to be thankful for,