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Well, the much needed soaking rain this week was a welcome relief.   We always need to remember to never let our plants be dry going into colder temperatures.  Below are some other gardening tasks to think about doing this month.
  1.  FEED THE BIRDS  -  let’s all remember that we live with nature and birds need our help with food, water, and shelter during the winter months.
  2. BULBS  -  if you are fortunate to be given some spring blooming bulbs, such as daffodils, tulips, etc., for Christmas – you need to plant as soon as possible.
  3. As of December 7 our soil temperature is still 50 degrees – far from being frozen.  So, now is still a good time to plant.  But, you should wait on adding mulch around our beloved evergreen shrubs until the ground freezes.
  4. A popular gardening trend is learning more about organic gardening.  Take advantage of this time of year and read up on organic gardening.  Then come spring you can begin to apply some of these earth-friendly practices with your own gardens and landscape.
  5. December is a good month to send off some soil to have analyzed.  If a soil test indicates your soil needs lime, now is the time to let the mineral do its work.  Lime sweetens soil and combats soil acidity and supplies calcium for plant growth.
  6. If you have a compost pile that you recently added fall leaves, be sure to keep it turned through the winter in order to accelerate the humus process.
Posted: 12/7/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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