There are still a few things that you could plant in your garden in November if you live in zones 5 or 6! This November planting guide will go through the crops that you can plant this month in your garden!
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This article is specifically for those of you living in zones 5 & 6. If you don’t know what your garden zone is you can follow this link to find out!
If you don’t live in zones 5 or 6 we also have articles on what to plant in zones 7 & 8 or 9 & 10.
Remember, you will be planting the crops on this list for a spring harvest! I love getting these crops started in the late fall because then it gives my garden a huge head start in the spring!
November Planting Guide
If you haven’t planted garlic there is still time! While it’s best to plant garlic a week or two after your first expected frost date, you can still plant it up until the day before the ground freezes. So if you haven’t planted garlic yet, you should get it planted as soon as possible! You can read more about planting garlic in the fall in this article: Planting Garlic
Shallots are another crop you can still plant in November. Similar to garlic the ideal time to plant is a week or two after your first expected frost date, but it should be ok if you get it in a little bit later! Learn more about planting shallots here.
You can still plant lettuce this month! Lettuce is not as hardy as some of the other crops on this list, so get it in as soon as you can. Protect it with a cold frame through the winter and you will get a head start on your spring harvest!
If you don’t have a cold frame you can learn how to build one here or you can buy one here.
Spinach is another great crop that you can plant this month! It will need to be protected by a cold frame and it will grow slowly throughout the winter. Once the days start to get longer it will really take off and you’ll get a delicious early spring harvest!
You can also plant kale this month! I would recommend that you do provide some protection for your kale (a hoop house is best because kale is too big for cold frames!)
Mache is a little known green that grows really well through the winter. It’s very cold hardy, so it can survive unprotected in your garden. However, it will grow better if it’s protected by a hoop house or a cold frame.
Claytonia is another VERY hardy winter crop. Mache and Claytonia will both continue to grow even when there is less than 10 hours of sunlight a day! It’s a great green to try out this winter!
That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this November planting guide for zones 5 & 6! Let me know what you will be planting in your garden!
Thanks to your generous sharing of information and experience, I now have all seven of these vegetables growing in my garden, some in a greenhouse, some under hoops. Thank you!