December Checklist

Get a list of things to do in the garden for the month of December.

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December in Texas is always interesting, yesterday we enjoyed 70 degrees and today we woke up to 40 degrees.  
The garden enjoyed the warm weekend and tonight the plants will find themselves undercover protected from the freeze.

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.


Fruit Garden

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.


Flower Garden

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.

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  1. This looks like a perfect list! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  2. My climate is completely different than yours, that's for sure! We're in Alberta. It's -12 C today. Brrrr!

    Fascinating all the same to see all your tips and suggestions (despite the fact that I'm 5 months away from gardening season)!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    1. Burr – I guess that's why I like being in the South we have a much calmer winter. Taking care of the garden is really an all year thing where some months are less active than others. Fertilizing the soil now through February is really important. Thanks for stopping by! -Carole

  3. Hi Carole, my Dad was an avid gardener and taking care of the garden in the winter meant the soil was good and ready for plantung in the following spring. Me on the other hand am really clueless, I have tried growing all sorts without much success (probably due to my lack of time and lack of knowledge about growing things in this climate).

    I have however had plenty of success with Cactus. I love them as they are pretty low maintenance, look after them every now and again and they are happy…They flower beautifully too.


    1. Gardening is really all about the soil and I have to agree it does take time, Knowledge is good but you don't need to become a master gardener to figure it out either. Raised beds and starting small is a good place to begin. Starting with a simple crop like potatoes is awesome because they help break up the soil. Herbs are another simple and fun thing to grow and a great way to spice up a meal. I agree cactus are pretty but I don't do that great with indoor plants. Thanks for stopping by to share, it was great to hear from you! -Carole

  4. Karen says:

    Great tips. We've had gorgeous wether this week, so I've been spending a little time each afternoon cleaning up from the first freeze, and generally getting thing ready for a winter rest.
    Do you ever put out pansies? They are my favorite fall/winter flower to add some much needed color to the garden and beds. I have never tried paper whites before, but my mom did and I remember loving them. Aren't they typically indoors in the winter? That would be a fun and rewarding winter gardening project.
    I've still got a few things to get mulched down well. Thanks for all the great advice and for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday! I appreciate you coming by each week and sharing your fantastic posts!

    1. Hello Karen – I love Pansies but my chickens eat them so if I use them I have to make sure it's in a area where they can't get to them. Yes paper whites indoors but you can also plant their bulbs now or even next month outdoors and enjoy in the spring outside. I don't spend much time planting bulbs here because they don't last that long. I do have a post coming out tomorrow on planting Amaryllis bulbs. I let my garden rest this time of year with the exception for what's left from my fall garden. Thanks for stopping by always nice to hear from you. 🙂 -Carole

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