December Garden Tasks

December Garden Tasks

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December is usually a quiet month for gardening. I am going to make a suggestion. Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener, learning is not only important but makes a real difference in your gardening skills.  Where do you obtain your information? Books, Internet, YouTube? All of this is great. Personally, I have signed up for Charles Dowding’s “No Dig” gardening course. And I highly recommend the YouTube video’s of both Charles Dowding, Huw Richards, James Prigioni,  and Gardener Scott are my favorites. Check them out.

Tasks:

  • If you hadn’t cleaned your beds, do so now. A thin layer of manure a thicker layer of compost will amend the beds, readying them for the spring plantings.
  • Watch for frost damage to plants, especially during clear, windless nights. To protect your plants’ cardboard is the best. Thank you, Amazon. Just remove them or set them aside as the temperatures warm up during the day, then cover them in the evenings.
  • Did you plant your spring bulbs yet? Now would be a good time. Decide if you want to clump the blooms or plant them in a traditional bed. I try to have some in the planters near the front door, so I plant them in the planters ahead of time and put them on my covered porch to ready for the spring.
  • Start thinking about next year’s garden. What did well this year? What didn’t do so well?
  • Continue with routine maintenance chores such as weeding, raking, and general garden clean up. One of my raised beds has been overrun with the creeping grass, so I plan to burn it out of bed, pull out the dirt that is left, lay a thick layer of cardboard, and then amend the dirt left and fill it back up. When you are layering cardboard, make one layer come past the frame and then another layer with the edges bent upwards close to the framework.
  • This is the month the ground becomes cold, and plants go into dormancy. If you want to re-arrange your plants (you know how women are), now is the time to do it.
  • Remember to water your potted plants this winter.
  • Then rest. You have had a hard year of work in your garden, and your work paid off.

Happy Holidays,

See you in January

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