Let’s Talk About December
By Pat Cordray
December is here way too fast and there are usually so many things to do that sometimes the gardening is left till later. Don’t feel bad if it takes a little longer to get all those containers changed out for the holiday and winter season. I know that I have things waiting to be planted, hopefully before they root in through their pots.
December is also a time for us to watch the weather more carefully. If there is a freeze in the forecast for our area, be sure to water your plants well; this protects the roots. You also need to cover your plants. When covering your plants use fabric that is made to protect plants, like N-Sulate, bed sheets are too thin to help. Place the fabric over the plants tenting the fabric to the ground with garden pegs. This way the plants will get heat from the ground and the fabric won’t fly away with the wind. Remove the fabric as it warms up during the day. If you have plants in hanging baskets or other containers that are tender to the freeze you can move them inside or follow the previous instructions on covering.
For winter color there are some fabulous choices like ornamental kale or cabbage, nasturtiums, pansies, violas, primroses, cyclamen, lobelia, alyssum, stock, snapdragons and dianthus. These plants will provide colorful blooms for the coldest part of our year. Get those containers planted now for the prettiest holiday and winter flowers to greet some of our dreariest days. These plants just need well draining soil, sun and a little food, please. Need color for the home this winter?