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Things you could or should be doing in your garden ...

December 2014

All 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
Week One
  • 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.
Week Two
  • 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.
Week Three
  • 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.
Week Four
  • 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.

 

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