Some gardens this time of year are covered in snow; mine is covered in cypress needles and during the next warm day I’ll go out and rake up the mess and use the debris like mulch in my beds.
Most of the cypress has already covered the beds which is a huge bonus and I have to say even though it’s a bit of a mess, it smells pretty neat.
Let’s take a look at our December checklist, There really isn’t much to do which is good because with the Christmas season approaching I’m pretty sure most of us would rather be indoors baking.
The Vegetable Garden
Manure and Compost is the main goal; load those beds up with manure goodness because compost just isn’t enough to amend healthy soil.
I use chicken, sheep and llama dropping to fertilize our raised beds.
If your beds are empty load them up without concern because that soil will spend the next 4 months enjoying the nutrients; it’s like vitamins for dirt.
Don’t forget to continue with Direct Composting. The worms will love you for it and so will your soil.
The key to a great garden will always be in the soil. So fertilize up!
If you have cold frames and snow arrives make sure to remove the snow before it freezes, especially if you’re frames are made of glass.
We recently took down our green house because I wasn’t using it and I uncovered that plastic covered greenhouses are not a long lasting option. The plastic eventually shatters and needs replacing about every season.
Grapevines and berries are hopefully in an area where they’re protected from severe weather. Make sure they have a good layer of mulch, you can make your own, purchase it new or use leaf’s from the fall, they make a fantastic mulch.
If temperatures get too bad you can always cover them with a plastic tarp. I have my raspberries protected under an arch where a row of trees provide shade.
The perennial flowers are resting and hanging in there. I mostly have roses and everything else has gone to sleep. Make sure they’re soil is also covered in a heavy mulch if you didn’t do that last month.
I miss the color of flowers in the garden this time of year so this is when I treat myself to a fresh bouquet here and there. That little bit of wonderful just helps me travel through winter a little bit faster.
I hope you all enjoy a wonderful month and enjoy this little break from the garden as you enjoy the Christmas Season.