Southern California gardens will do fine without much
care in December, but dedicated gardeners can still keep busy as winter takes
Keep An Eye On the Weather: Although December 21 is the first day of
winter, December can also bring temperatures in the 80s in Southern California.
If a heat wave hits, keep your plants well watered. Watering is also is
recommended if there is frost warning. A hydrated plant can rebound faster
after a frost than a “dry” plant.
Cover Bare Spots In Your Lawn: If
your lawn has bare or brown spots, scatter grass seed and water. If the weather
remains dry for the month, you should water as needed.
Plant California Natives: Winter is growing season for California native plants. Add them to your
landscape as shrubs, groundcover and perennials. Varieties include sage,
Manzanita and ceanothus, California buckwheat, snapdragon and native grasses. Your
local nursery should have a variety on hand especially for your area.
Compost Grass Clippings and Fallen Leaves: Leaves, grass clippings and small twigs and
branches make good mulch. Place them in a pile and cover with a tarp to hold in
heat and to keep rain from washing out nutrients. Turn every few days. Once
composted, spread them around your garden.
Plant Spring Bulbs: Now is the time to remove chilled spring bulbs from your refrigerator
(including tulips and hyacinths) and plant them. Plant bulbs in 5"
to 6" of soil.
Still Open: For those who just cannot
stay out of the garden, harvest still-producing vegetables and plant more.
Vegetables that do well this time of year include artichokes, asparagus,
broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, lettuce, peas,
potatoes and radishes.
Christmas Tree: Most trash collection companies offer curbside recycling of
Christmas trees. They require either that the trees be cut in half and placed
in the green recycling container or placed alongside other collection
containers. Make sure all ornaments and tinsel are removed before placing the
tree out for pick up. The trees will be composted so they need to be free of
all non-organic material.
For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.
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