Thomas J. Koske | 10/29/2005 12:19:06 AM
Not much new happens in vegetable gardens during November in Louisiana. Mostly it’s a time for harvesting and cleaning up.
A few crops still can be planted, however, particularly in south Louisiana, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
Harvesting of beans, butterbeans, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash and peppers should be winding down in south Louisiana.
"We can expect to begin statewide harvesting of cole crops, Chinese cabbage, fall collards, Irish potatoes, endive, lettuce, parsley and turnips," Koske says.
If mature weeds are up, pull them if possible to reduce their fresh seed stock for next year.
The few winter crops to plant now include beets, carrots, garlic, shallot sets, radish, spinach and turnips.
South Louisiana gardeners also might be able to squeeze in a crop of mustard and loose leaf lettuce if the freeze comes late.
Now also is a good time to start reviewing seed catalogs and planning your orders, one of the horticulturist’s favorite fall and winter pastimes.
More information on gardening is available at your local LSU AgCenter office. In addition, look for lawn & gardening and Get It Growing links at the LSU AgCenter Web site, www.lsuagcenter.com.
Source: Tom Koske (225) 578-2222, or firstname.lastname@example.org
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture