December Gardening Tips 2011

Dear Gardening Friends,

Winter is now upon us.  Although Texas winters are relatively mild be sure to watch the forecast for any light freezes and be ready to cover your plants with a light sheet or a commercial frost protective blanket. With a little protection from freezes we can still grow a vegetable garden. 

Here is a list of vegetables that can be sown into open ground, Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower plants, Swiss chard, chives, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onion, parsley, peppers, radishes, spinach, and tomatoes. To keep your vegetable garden thriving be sure to mulch well to fend off weeds and to protect roots from freezing temperatures, you can also continue to lightly fertilize. 

As for your Annuals and Perennials,  when a freeze kills the the tops of your perennial flowers and grasses cut them back to the ground and mulch around them well.  Also continue to lightly fertilize your annuals and perennials every 4-6 weeks. 

Want some cool color for your garden these plants will continue to bloom throughout the season, Alyssum, Calendula, coreopsis, cornflower, Delphinium, forget-me-not, hollyhock, larkspur, lobelia, pansy, petunia, phlox, blue saliva, snapdragon, verbena, and violas. 

Don’t forget your bulbs. December is last month to plant early blossoming  spring bulbs, also be sure to mulch. Also take advantage of our mild winters rethink your garden “Do I want to move any of my shrubs, tress, or prennials?” If you do do so now, this is the best time to plant your garden and fill in those holes.  By planting or transplanting now you’re giving your plants enough time to establish a good root system to survive the the stressful summer months ahead.

 Happy Gardening!

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