Let’s Get Gardening: December 2019

I feel like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland – running around saying, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” I seem to be late in doing a lot of things at the moment – like getting this month’s newsletter out, and getting my outdoor clean-up done. The snowstorm in early November caught me off guard, and I don’t seem to have caught up at all yet. I haven’t even planted my garlic yet, and I also wanted to get some more daffodils and crocus in this fall. Luckily, the ground isn’t frozen yet (the snow was actually helpful there, as it kept the ground insulated from that cold snap we had right after). It doesn’t look like we need to worry about the soil freezing for at least a little bit yet, so I should be able to get these two very important chores done – I hope!

Jennifer

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If, like me, you want to get some bulbs planted still this year, it looks like we will have at least through the next week or two, if not longer to do so. To help you with that, tulip and daffodil bulbs are on sale now at The Garden Mill– 3 for $1!. You can also force bulbs indoors this winter. Flowers in bloom in your house in March can provide a welcome breath of spring, when it’s still winter outdoors and you can’t really do any gardening. You’ll need to provide your bulbs with a chilling period first – for as long as 12 weeks – so you’ll want to get them started now. If you’d like more information on how to force bulbs, come into the store or send us an email, and we’ll be happy to get you the details.

 

As for things to do outdoors yet this month,

  • Once the ground has frozen, pile mulch on top of your perennials to help protect them from the changing temperatures throughout the winter. Frost heave can cause damage to plants when roots are pushed up out of the soil as the soil “heaves” up when freezing causes it to expand.
  • If you didn’t get the opportunity to put up wind screens for your evergreens last month (you’re not alone – neither did I!), do that soon, while the ground is still soft enough to get stakes in. We’ve already had some pretty strong winds this season, and that wind can really cause evergreens to dry out in the winter, when the ground is frozen, and the trees can’t draw any water from it.
  • Wind isn’t the only problem for plants in our yards over the winter – animals looking for food can cause a great deal of damage.
  • All the weather forecasts are saying we may see quite a bit of snow this winter, so knowing how to deal with it to help your trees is important. Heavy snow can weigh down and potentially break branches, but it’s easy to do more harm than good, if you’re not careful.
  • Are you getting fresh greens for the holidays, such as a wreath for your front door and roping for your porch railing or fence, or a swag for your mantle (we’ve got some beautiful ones at The Garden Mill!)? If so, keep them fresh longer by spraying with water when the temperatures are above freezing. If you are bringing greens inside, including a Christmas tree, you can spray them with an anti-desiccant before bringing them in to help prevent drying.
  • With the cold temperatures, birds can use all the help they can get in the form of food, water, and shelter. Keep your feeders full, so that the birds don’t have to waste precious energy searching for food.
  • Leave birdhouses out all winter, if they are not susceptible to breakage from freezing temps, but be sure to clean them out, if they still have nesting material in them.
  • If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bird lover in your life (or if you’re the bird lover, and want to give people an idea of what to get you), a heated birdbath or de-icer for a birdbath are great options.

More info on all of these tips can be found in our monthly newsletter: Read the December 2019 issue of Let’s Get Gardening

 

Happy Gardening!

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