Garden Calendar - December





   •Choose the site for your live Christmas tree and dig the hole for your tree while the soil is still loose. Keep the soil in a trash can or other container, mix it with peat moss, compost or rotted manure, and keep it in the garage or outbuilding (where it won’t freeze) for easy planting after the holidays. Cover the hole with a board or fill it with leaves for safety.

   •Hardy trees and shrubs can still be planted as long as the ground isn’t frozen.  Check with us if you are unsure as to a plant’s hardiness zone.

  •Set up birdfeeders, if not done so earlier, for winter feeding.  Provide black oil sunflower seed, a good quality mix such as our Supreme or Fancy wild bird food, suet, and a source of water to attract the most birds.  Birds also love safflower seed and the black birds and squirrels don’t, so offer this as well and watch the cardinals, finches, chickadees, titmice, and doves flock to your feeder.  Use a birdbath heater to keep the water open.  This is one of the best ways to attract birds in winter.

   •Tie up evergreens or other plants which may be prone to breakage or splitting from ice and snow using heavy garden twine, stretch tie, or strips of burlap for extra support.

   • Finish planting tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, crocus, allium, and other hardy bulbs outdoors for spring blooms as long as the soil is workable.  Use Bone & Bloodmeal or Natural Guard Organic Bulb Bood for best growth.   

   •Protect pines and other trees from deer damage this winter with all natural Deer Repellent from St. Gabriel Laboratory, Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent, or Milorganite organic fertilizer.

    •Protect tree trunks from deer damage with heavy duty black-grid tree guards.   

   •Keep squirrels away from birdfeeders by using a squirrel guard, available for pole mounted and hanging birdfeeders.  

   •Buy seed and plan for next year’s garden.  Check seed starting supplies and buy Seedling and Cutting Starter mix, trays, 6-pack inserts, peat pots, “No Damp Off” seed starter, labels, and Fish Emulsion or Fish and Seaweed Fertilizer for tender young seedlings.  For best growth, use fluorescent grow lights 3” above new seedlings.