December Garden Guide
- Amaryllis bulbs may be started now. If they are established bulbs in old pots, two inches of soil should be removed from the surface and replaced with a good, rich mixture.
- Make sure the pots of forcing bulbs are full of roots before moving into sunlight, and make sure they are watered adequately for the best display.
- Covering materials can be added to the perennial bed once the ground is frozen.
- If you brought in geraniums for winter color, they must be placed in a window that recieves direct sunlight all day and a daytime temperature of 70 to 75 degrees is maintained. Keep in mind geraniums do not like to be over watered.
- Be sure that all garden refuse that may contain any insects or disease is disposed of in the garbage and not the compost pile.
- After each heavy snowfall, one should tramp the snow around the young fruit trees to protect them from mice, which work under the snow.
- Newly planted evergreens should have the protection of a windbreak or anti-desiccant to protect from moisture loss.
- If the ground is not frozen, newly planted evergreens should have a thorough soaking of water.
- Make sure that all bird feeding equipment is out and well stocked for the winter months.
- Remember to set out your Christmas tree when the season is over for winter protection for the birds.
- Collect the seeds from pods and seed heads gathered earlier – wrap up some to give as gifts.
- Check stored veggies – discard any with signs of spoilage.
- Continue harvesting greens from the hoop house or cold frame.
- Try growing salad greens and herbs in pots in a south-facing window.
- Take photos of your property to decide what needs changing before snow cover obscures your view.
Taken from Stevens Point Master Gardener Newsletter; December 2012.