Wondering what to plant in November? Or are you convinced that these cold, dreary days mean the end to your gardening addiction? While it is true that most gardening comes to an abrupt halt once the chilly days and near freezing nights of fall roll around, there are still a few things you can plant. Some of these items should be grown inside but others can be sowed out in the ground to ensure an early spring crop of food as soon as the snow starts to melt. Here are just a few things to plant in November, both in the house and out in the garden. I will include a few affiliate links in the post for items that you may find helpful.
What to Plant in November: Outside
Broad Beans and Peas: Both of these large seeds can be sown directly into the garden soil in November and they will just sit there waiting patiently until the ground starts to warm up again in the spring. This means a nice early crop once the ground start to thaw!
Regular or Elephant Garlic Elephant Garlic produces huge bulbs over 4 inches across. These jumbo cloves have a milder taste than regular garlic and are perfect for roasting. I buy mine from my local farmer since for some reason I can’t seem to grow heads of garlic that are that big. His are phenomenal so I’m not quite sure what I am doing wrong yet. You can also grow conventional garlic as well. Plant the cloves with the pointy side UP and they will pop up in early spring.
Winter salad greens: If you have a small cold frame, you can plant an amazing array of winter salad greens. The glass windows will help keep them warm during the day and will help prevent frost from killing them at night. You can get a cedar cold frame on Amazon and have fresh salad greens all winter!
Asparagus crowns can be planted now for tasty home grown spears in the spring. They like a soil that is slightly sandy so mix in a bit of sand before planting the crowns.
Rhubarb crowns can be planted now in well prepared soil. Make sure you add a ton of compost. They are very needy plants!
What to Plant in November: Inside
There are a number of different types of food products that can be grown inside, even when there is snow on the ground and your garden is nowhere to be found. Here are a few things you may want to plant in November right in your own kitchen.
Herbs: There are many herbs that grow quite nicely in pots on your kitchen windowsill. Try fresh parsley, chives, or thyme which not only add a nice flavor to your food but also add a bit of color to your kitchen at the same time.
Mushrooms: Have you ever grown your own mushrooms? While normally this idea makes me a bit nervous, you can actually buy mushroom logs to make the process simple and safe.
Bean Sprouts: My husband and I sprout our own beans regularly and it’s incredibly easy. We mainly do it because they go bad SO quickly that when we buy them, we end up throwing most of them away 2 days later. Growing your own bean sprouts requires only a few simple things. Basically, you need beans and a sprouting jar. Check out this bean sprouting kit on Amazon and get started growing your own sprouts.
Wheat grass: Wheat grass is a kind of grass eaten primarily because it is a concentrated source of nutrients. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids. Check out this wheatgrass growing kit to make things easier.
Regrow your kitchen scraps: Check out this post on Foods You Can Re-Grow Yourself from Kitchen Scraps. Some examples are lettuce, celery, ginger, potatoes and a few root vegetables. This is a good way to save money as well as provide yourself with fresh food through the winter.
I hope this post has helped you figure out what to plant in November. You might think it is too cold to garden but you just need to get a little creative about how you do it!