Things you could or should be doing in your garden ...
December 2014All Month
- Keep your Christmas tree well watered throughout the month – the first few days are the most important
- Don’t leave large piles of matted, wet leaves on your lawn – either rake them up or mulch with your lawn mower
- Holly berries are at their best right now – cut for use inside during the holidays
- Keep bird feeders full or consider adding appropriate plants to your garden to provide food for birds
- When selecting poinsettias for the house, pick ones where the small yellow flowers in the center are just beginning to open; they will last longer.
- Cut back fall blooming perennials (Autumn Joy Sedum, Asters, Mums, and Salvia), remove the clippings, and add them to your compost pile.
- Don’t leave large piles of matted, wet leaves on your lawn; either rake them up or mulch with your lawn mower.
- Holly berries are at their best right now; cut for use inside during the holidays.
- Keep harvesting greens from your vegetable garden until a hard freeze stops production.
- After you have finished mowing (grass or mulching leaves), drain the gas tank and store your lawnmower in a dry place.
- If you do not have a compost pile, put all leaves, grass clippings, etc. in your vegetable garden.
- Consider colorful holiday plants (Poinsettias, Amaryllis, Cyclamen or Paperwhites) as gifts for holiday parties.
- Keep bird feeders full or consider adding appropriate plants to your garden to provide food for birds.
- Enjoy the week with family and friend; the garden can wait for now.
- Consider working in the garden as exercise (raking leaves, turning the soil) to try to counterbalance all that you have had to eat.
- With all the holiday sales going on, you may find great bargains on spring bulbs; just make sure they are still firm and not soft and mushy.