Even as the weather cools in November, there are still crops you can plant in your garden! This growing guide will go through what to plant in November in zones 7 & 8!
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This article is specifically for zones 7 & 8. 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 7 or 8 we also have articles on what to plant in zones 5 & 6 or 9 & 10.
If you live in zone 7, the crops that you will be planting this month will be for a SPRING harvest. If you live in zone 8, you can plant these crops for a winter harvest and for a head start on your garden in the spring.
You will need to use a hoop house or low tunnel to help protect your crops from the weather during the colder months of the winter.
Alright, let’s get started! Here is my list of what to plant in November in zones 7 & 8!
What to Plant in November
Shallots and Garlic
Shallots and garlic are great crops to plant in November if you live in zones 7 or 8. I personally only plant shallots and garlic this time of year. The ideal time to plant shallots or garlic is a week or two AFTER your first expected frost date (notice this is the expected date, not the actual date). You can follow this link to determine when the first frost is expected in your area.
You can learn more about planting garlic and shallots in these articles:
Lettuce is another great crop to get started this month. It’s fairly cold hardy, so it should do well when planted under a hoop house or low tunnel.
Spinach is one of my favorite crops. In fact, we harvest spinach from our garden basically all year long! Spinach will grow slowly through the winter and really take off once the sunshine returns in February. You can learn more about growing spinach here: Growing Spinach
Arugula (zone 8)
If you live in zone 8, you can plant arugula in your garden under a hoop house or low frame. Arugula is a peppery green and is a great addition to any salad!
Kale is very hardy, and I personally think it tastes best when it’s planted in the cooler temperatures!
Mache is a VERY hardy plant. It’s one of the few plants that I know of that continues to grow even when there are less than 10 hours of sunlight a day. It’s a lesser-known green, so you should definitely give it a try this year! It is hardy, so it can survive in the garden without protection but will do best if it’s grown under a hoop house or low frame.
Similar to Mache, Claytonia will continue to grow with less than 10 hours of sunlight. It’s another great crop to try this year!
I hope this guide of what to plant in November helps you to extend your harvest this year! What will you be planting this month? Anything I missed?
I planted mache for the first time this year. How do you eat it? Do you cook it or eat it raw?
Mache is eaten raw like lettuce. It has a nice nutty taste that I think you will love. When you are ready to harvest just cut the entire plant and break it up into your salad. It is NOT a cut and come again crop like lettuce so you can just harvest the whole plant.