December is a slow month in the outdoor garden but the indoor gardening is just getting going. Here are a few things you want to do in December for the next season.
- Early December: Put perennial seeds into baggies, put in the refrigerator crisper. They’ll stay there for 90 days.
- Take care of poinsettia plants. Watch for whiteflies! Discard plants if you get them – this pest is becoming harder and harder to control on poinsettia (note insecticidal soaps burn the red bracts on poinsettia)
- Watch indoor plants for insects. Turn over leaves and look for aphids and spider mites. Control immediately.
- Lawn care – have mower serviced if needed (don’t wait until spring) and sharpen the blades. A sharp blade will 1) save you up to 10% on your fuel bill and 2) slice through grass blades rather than ripping them. A smooth cut heals faster and the grass blades regrow better.
- Order Seeds: this is prime seed ordering time and if you want to start perennials, you want to order in December for a January sowing
Have I missed anything? Put it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.