What’s Blooming in December?
Plants and Flowers in December:
- Winter Jasmine
Fruits and Vegetables in December:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Collard greens
December Maintenance Tips
Fertilizing in the winter is a great way to ensure that your plants have plenty of nutrients stored to make it through the winter. Use a winterizer fertilizer on your deciduous trees and shrubs in the early winter.
When pruning shrubs in the winter, it is important to only prune plants that bloom on new growth.
Here are some plants that could use a good pruning this December:
- Butterfly bush
- Crepe myrtle
Pests and Diseases
During December, it may be more common to see pests such as squirrels, mice, rats, and racoons searching for food and/or warmth around your home or garden. Peppermint oil, apple cider vinegar, and kitty litter are great natural/household items that will keep these pests away.
Another pest to look out for this winter cabbage worms, cabbage loopers, and diamondback worms. All three of these species are larval states of either moths or butterflies. They are most commonly found on the underside of leaves on produce like cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and broccoli. The most efficient organic treatments of these pests on your produce is Bacillus thuringiensis. You could also soak infected leaves with salt water for more mild infestations.
Additional December Tip
As the coldest temperatures of the year approach us, make sure you are adjusting your garden care schedule accordingly! It may be necessary to change your irrigation system schedule or to cover your less cold hardy plants with a layer of protection to ensure your plants make it through the winter.