November/December Planting Guide

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

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November/December Planting Guide

Power-Ups for This Month:

1) Take a break from the madness this Black Friday. Join the Campaign launched by REI Co-Op to #OptOutside on November 25th and 26th, 2021. I especially love their focus this year on making the outdoors an inclusive and safe space for everyone. How will you #OptOutside? Share your adventure so we can't cheer you on! Tag @hortikiplants on social.

2) Immerse yourself completely in nature on black Friday and don't worry about missing any deals. Small businesses across the U.S, will be rolling out the red carpet for you on Saturday, November 27th, 2021. Get your holiday shopping done and support your local community on #SmallBusinessSaturday. Find local small business and plan your day here: Small Business Locator. Also check with your local small business associations and look out for special activities and sales around area shopping centers.

The List

Onion and Garlic

Who doesn't cook with onion and garlic? Of all the staples in the kitchen, onion and garlic may be the most universal. Grown and used in nearly every food culture, they are the workhorse of the culinary world. Onion and garlic are members of the Allium genus. The Allium genus includes 700 plant species including garlic, leeks, shallots, and chives.

The key to growing onion and garlic is to start with good plant material. You can find seedlings and transplants from local and online nurseries. Plant onions between November and January for spring and summer harvests. Plant garlic now through February. Check out this video from Better Homes and Gardens for a quick demonstration on how to get started. Although they show a spring onion planting, you can select Autumn varieties to plant now. The techniques used in the video can be used to plant your onion and garlic in containers if you don't have a garden plot. Simply set your container outdoors in a sunny location. Water lightly throughout the growing season.


Strawberries are one of the earliest fruits you will see at next year's Farmers' Markets. To get your own spring crop, plant now either indoors or out. Strawberries are well-suited to hanging baskets, patio containers, and strawberry planters. They are also a great starter plant if you are new to growing edibles in a limited space.

Plant three or four strawberry plants in a 12" hanging basket near a sunny window. If growing indoors, select an alpine variety suited to low light conditions. Did you know that the strawberry's natural habitat is actually the bottom of the forest floor? They evolved to bear fruit with only low light filtering through from the top of the forest canopy. So they can work well as indoor plants.

wild forest strawberries