LAST MONTH OF THE YEAR BUT THERE ARE STILL SOME IMPORTANT TASKS IN THE GARDENS THAT NEED ATTENTION
First, let me re-cap the month of November. November was a warm month. And, we had plenty of rain throughout the month, especially in mid-November with all the rain from Eta. For some of us, Eta delivered too much rain that caused flooding. Needless to say, our ground is saturated as we head into December. But, on a bright note — we never want our plants, especially the newly planted plants, to be dry going into a cold spell. Needless to say, Mother Nature has been quite accommodating in this category.
HERE ARE A FEW GARDENING TIPS FOR DECEMBER
TAKE CARE OF OUR BIRDS
Let’s all remember that we live with nature and birds need our help more than ever with food, water, and shelter during the winter months.
BIRD FEEDERS, BIRD HOUSES, BIRD SEED – ALL MAKE A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR SOMEONE OF ANY AGE.
What do you do with all the leaves that have now fallen from our trees? My advice is to not bag but to reuse and recycle leaves. Leaves make a great mulch for around all your plants. Use a lawnmower and grind the leaves up. Leaves will break down quickly over time and add good organic matter to your soil. This is a win-win situation in my opinion.
WATER BIRDBATHS / WATER FOUNTAINS
Don’t forget to protect your outdoor fountains and birdbaths this winter. You need to drain them of any water in order to prevent cracking due to expanding ice. Once drained and dry then be sure to cover them so that they will not collect rainwater.
A BIRDBATH HEATER WILL ALLOW YOU TO KEEP WATER IN THE BIRDBATH TO SUPPORT OUR BIRDS’ NEED FOR WATER – ANOTHER GOOD HOLIDAY GIFT TO CONSIDER.
Use branches from discarded Christmas trees to mulch garden beds. This is a great reuse/recycle idea. And, once winter is over these boughs are easy to lift off and uncover the gardens.
Melted snow contains minerals and can be used instead of tap water for winter watering of house plants. Just let it sit for a day or two in order to come to room temperature.
A NEW WATERING CAN OR SPRAYER IS A GOOD HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA — ESPECIALLY FOR SOMEONE WHO IS RELATIVELY NEW TO HAVING HOUSE PLANTS.
Fruit trees can be pruned at any time during the winter provided the temperature is above 45 degrees F.
Organic gardening is becoming more and more popular with homeowners. Take advantage of this time of year and read up on organic gardening. Then come springtime you can begin to apply some of these earth-friendly practices with your own gardens and landscape. A complete soil analysis is the first step in learning to become an organic gardener.
A SOIL TEST KIT MAKES A GREAT GIFT IDEA. COME SEE US BECAUSE WE SELL SOIL TEST KITS. MATTER OF FACT, HAVING A SOIL TEST DONE IN DECEMBER IS A GOOD IDEA – NOT JUST FOR ORGANIC GARDENING. THIS TEST WILL TELL YOU EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SOIL AND WHAT IT MAY NEED.