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December Garden Calendar

December should be a busy month in the garden. It should not be just about ornaments and trimming the tree. Perennials are down for the winter, I start my winter pruning once the frost has set them back. I will start on my roses and fruit trees. Waiting some on the roses, the recent rains have brought many of them out of their dormancy and the best roses are on that we have seen in months. Weeds are popping up. It is a good time to spread mulch on any bare dirt where you don't want seeds to germinate. I am spreading wildflower seeds. First good rains . . . tis the season. Check our drought tolerant list for plants that come from environs worse than here . . . Drought Tolerant Plants no shortage of plants or shortage of worse climates.

December Garden Calendar

The vegetable patch is looking grand. Blame it on the rain. The peas have sprouted, fava beans, garlic and onions are all coming on. I am catching the last of my tomatos as the vines fade. Lettuce, chard, kale and mizuna are all planted below and coming on strong. It is still a good time to plant if your garden is not in too cold a part of town. Bulbs can still go in or be lifted and divided if they have not sprouted