Gardening Photos From Our Garden – November 2023

November started mild and wet but turned colder about mid-month,

A lot of raking and collecting garden waste keeps my composts happy.

Planting garlic in my raised garden beds is a yearly tradition, alongside taking cuttings from various plants around the garden.

I have started several Cherry laurel plants (Prunus laurocerasus) following a straightforward technique over the years. Let me know if you want a short DIY guide on propagating cherry laurels from hardwood cuttings.

Many of my perennial herbs are now living in posts in my greenhouses. Some plants are left in the ground, but I always protect and cover them for the cold weather ahead.

And, of course, hydroponics and microgreens. Here in zone 7, hydroponics has proven to be the easiest and most high-yielding method for growing a steady supply of herbs and vegetables indoors come winter. But for speed and ease, Microgreens are also a favorite.

I do use full-spectrum grow lights because I have to. To give you a frame of reference, it is pitch-black outside at 4.30 pm in December. So yes, I do have to use grow lights.

If you are curious about hydroponics, check out my new resource hub, where I have collected articles and DIY guides for all-level gardeners.

What else? I finished a webinar series hosted by Oregon State University and signed up for a new course in botany.

Let me know if you have any questions, and happy gardening, whatever your space and location!

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Gardening photos November 2023

Gardening photo of the week: 27 November – 3 December 2023

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9
The Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 lives in our kitchen.
Microgreen seed starter trays
Trays for Microgreen pea shoots, broccoli, and radish.
Basil in wick hydroponic garden
Hydroponic wick systems are easier to manage.
Hydroponic basil. tomatoes, and hot peppers
Hydroponic kits allow me to harvest fresh herbs, tomatoes, peppers and vegetables year-round.

Gardening photo of the week: 20 November – 26 November 2023

Black Naga pepper seedling (hot pepper)
I start hot peppers like the Black Naga indoors as they need time to develop.
Root system in shared reservoir in Deep Water Culture system
Root systems share space in a shared reservoir in DWC hydroponics.
Seed starter plugs make seed starting easier in hydroponic gardens
Seed starter plugs make hydroponic seed starting easier.
Simple Kratky setup in a jug
Simple Kratky setup using a jug.

Gardening photo of the week: 13 November – 19 November 2023

Hydroponic tomatoes in Click and Grow Smart Garden 9
It is hard to beat Click and Grow for a hands-off hydroponic kit
iDOO hydroponic system before harvest
iDOO hydroponic system before harvest (5 weeks)
iDOO hydroponic system after harvest
Same iDOO system after the first harvest.
Using a 3-inch hole-making drill bit to make holes for net pots in hydroponic grow bucket.
Making 3-inch holes for net pots in the grow bucket.

Gardening photo of the week: 6 November – 12 November 2023

It’s a holiday week, so no hands-on gardening this week.