December Garden Chores For 2012

Ilona Erwin

This being an unusually mild December for Ohio, all the garden chores of November are possible in this month as long as the mild temperatures and good weather hold. Of course, Christmas preparations may not leave as much time for this window of good garden weather, but the choice is yours.

This month I did find some time to finish up the outdoor decorating, the remaining leaf raking, and made sure my pots and tools were put away.

Additionally I started reorganizing my tool pegboard and spent some time cleaning off the back porch entry (jobs that didn’t find time during an unusually busy autumn).

If you don’t have an area where your tools are well organized, maybe that could find its way to your Christmas list, if you don’t mind utilitarian, practical gifts!

Christmas Trees

If you are planning on having a living Christmas tree this year, one you can plant in the garden, remember to dig the hole while ye may. If not already done, dig before the ground freezes and the temperatures are dangerously cold.

Further precise directions and types of trees to choose from:

Christmas Plants

Remember how damaging salt can be to plants, substitute sand or kitty litter as one alternative.

Favorite Christmas Plants
windowsill Herbs
Indoor Bulb Plants

Garden Tips for December:
Christmas Gardening
December Garden Chores

The Winter Garden

December is an ideal time to mulch perennials.

December Poems

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Ilona Erwin

I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.