Here you find our list of seasonal produce by month (in progress), food holiday calendar links, and other news and tips related to annual garden and harvest cycles.
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Garden & Harvest Schedule (PNW)
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We make our home in the US Pacific Northwest. Your local seasonal crops may be different than those listed here, depending on your location. In the US, click to check what's in season in your state.
November is time to dig up and store root vegetables like celeriac, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Other vegetables and fruits in season in November include apples, arugula, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cranberries, fennel, horseradish, kale, mushrooms, pomegranates, rosemary, sage, thyme, and winter squashes. Alliums peak in the late fall, with leeks, shallots and onions in abundance.
Around the Garden
- Clean up around the base of fruit trees to prevent pests from making nests, and apply a layer of compost to replenish nutrients.
- Protect young trees and and sensitive shrubs from cold weather and gnawing pests with heavy, deep mulching, or a wind screen or tree guard if necessary.
- Before the first frost, divide and replant perennial fruits and vegetables as needed (rhubarb, asparagus, berry canes, strawberries, etc.), as well as flowering perennials (e.g., peonies, iris, bleeding hearts).
- Clean and sharpen gardening tools, including lawn mower blades. (Most hardware stores have a mower sharpening service.)
December harvests look a lot like November, at least in the Pacific NW. Many root vegetables produce into December. Look for fresh celeriac, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, and rutabagas in stores and farm stands.
Other vegetables and fruits in season in December include apples, arugula, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cranberries, fennel, horseradish, kale, leeks, mushrooms, rosemary, sage, shallots, and winter squashes.
Around the Garden
- Clean and stock bird feeders, and make sure birds have access to fresh water. Once you begin feeding backyard birds, especially in the colder months, they come to rely on you. Be sure to keep plenty of wild bird food on hand so you don't run out.
- Prune evergreen shrubs, evergreen trees (e.g., fir, cedar, hemlock), and shade trees (e.g., oak, maple) in late winter or early spring when they are still dormant and before new growth begins. (Pine trees should not be pruned at this time; wait until June or July.)
- Protect outdoor potted plants from harsh winter weather by moving them to a sheltered location if possible.
- Prep soil for next year's planting.
Food Holidays Calendar
- January Food Holidays
- February Food Holidays
- March Food Holidays
- April Food Holidays
- May Food Holidays
- June Food Holidays
- July Food Holidays
- August Food Holidays
- September Food Holidays
- October Food Holidays
- November Food Holidays
- December Food Holidays
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