In the Veggie Patch - December

 


Article by: Toni Salter

December is quiet in the garden, , Creative Ideas For Beautiful Art so it's a good opportunity to attend to some of those "must-get-around-to-doing-sometime" jobs in the garden. , Growing in My A good purge and clear up is often in order, especially for older gardens. , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Pond So hop to it! You'll be greatful you did when the busy spring , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn planting season , Using Snow Roof Rakes comes around.

If you live in the tropics, now is the start of the cool dry season , Growing in My Garden and you can grow , Using Snow Roof Rakes a wider variety of crops, so you'll be run off your feet, unlike your fellow gardeners in the colder northern areas.

What to plant
Plant , Trees rhubarb crowns and asparagus crowns now. They're a great addition to any garden. , Take Another Look at Those Wild Surreptitious Weeds Aspargus crowns last for 20 years and will reward you with thick tasty spears after the first 2 or three years. Initial preparation is essential for good crops. They need to be planted deep so try to get them about 30cm below the surface an incorporate loads of compost , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room and manures. A yearly tidy up and top dressing with manure should be all they need afterwards.

You can keep planting your onion crop until late winter. , Water Garden - Pond Pumps To Pump Up The Volume Seeds , Flower Shops sown now will be ready for harvesting from around August in some areas. In cold , Using Snow Roof Rakes regions wait until after the worst of the winter , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 3) Lighting weather has passed and plant , Garden On The Cheap "early" varieties in February or March instead.

Sow peas directly into the garden , Water Lilies - How and When to Divide and Fertilize and add a mixture of varieties, from old fashion shelling varieties to sugar snap and snow , Flower Shops peas for garden , Using Snow Roof Rakes salads. Most will need a trellis or climbing support. Peas provide a great source of nitrogen for the soil , Growing in My Garden so plant , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping them together with lettuce and spinach. Winter , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade lettuce varieties go well now but you can get an early start to spring , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate plantings if you have a nice sunny windowsill or glasshouse to keep them going until ready to plant , Creative Ideas For Beautiful Garden Art out in February. This is for the very keen and not so faint hearted (for fear of disappointment).

Add lime to your soil , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate now if it is slightly acidic. Check the pH with a simple test kit bought at your local , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio nursery. Peas, spinach and onions like a slightly alkaline soil , Trees (pH of 7.0 up to 8.0).

Consider sowing a "green manure"Ā¯ crop to help add nutrients and bulk to your soil. , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room A green , Garden On The Cheap manure crop is a fast growing plant , Using Snow Roof Rakes (usually 6-8 weeks) that is grown only to about knee height, then slashed and turned back into the soil. , Tips on Gardening Some plants , Garden On The Cheap you can use are oats, pod vetch, lupins, mustard, red clover or even broad beans can also be used. A legume (or plant , Garden On The Cheap producing a bean-like pod) adds nitrogen to the soil , The Basics Of How to Plant Container Gardens through the roots , Home for a Gnome? and bulky mulching material is added through slashing the leaves before it has a chance to flower. , 5 Most Popular s for Your Garden

Roses
Now is rose , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade time and with some extra time this month you can scour the catalogues and nurseries to purchase and plant , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor any exciting new additions or even put in some of the old favourites. Remember roses , How to Rid that Lawn of Thatch! will need to be pruned between mid December to mid January for best results. If you suspect any late frosts then leave it later rather than earlier. Prune , Garden On The Cheap them back to at least half their size, I go as far as 1/3. This encourages strong watershoots to appear in Spring , Home for a Gnome? giving plants , Creative Ideas For Beautiful Garden Art a good strong framework and lots of healthy , Controlling House Plant Pests new canes to flower , Everything You need to Know to Set up Your Square Foot Garden on.

Odd jobs
Mulching now may protect your plants , Choosing A Landscape Contractor from winter , Rosemary: The Herb of Remembrance and Friendship frosts by buffering temperature , Forever & Ever Double Pink Hydrangea extremes. It also keeps moisture , Choosing A Landscape Contractor in and cuts down on the need to water , Patio Bar Chairs for Comfortable Outdoor and Poolside Seating your veggies too often. Make sure you lay it at least 5 to 7 cm thick otherwise you'll be disappointed and weeds , How to Build a Pond: Basic Considerations will start coming through. You can use any deciduous leaves that have fallen now as mulch. Or better still compost , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room them first and use the compost , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate in Spring. , Rosemary: The Herb of Remembrance and Friendship A word of warning when collecting leaves around the garden: dispose of any diseased leaves otherwise you could inadvertantly spread the disease , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio rith throughout your garden , Hydroponics ing - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 3) Lighting with disastrous results next summer. , The Basics Of How to Plant Container Gardens

Deciduous leaves are hard to break down becuse they lack nitrogen. They will last a long time in the garden , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here but can also prevent water , Landscape Wallpaper passing through if they are laid too thickly. This makes leaves ideal to create paths , How to Build a Pond: Basic Considerations between your garden , 5 Most Popular Flowers for Your beds. Usually paths , Tips on Gardening between beds , Landscape Wallpaper get a lot of wear and tear, so take the time this winter , The Basics Of How to Plant Container Gardens to define your garden , Creative Ideas For Beautiful Art beds and get rid of the half worn grass , Gardening Tools - An Overview around them. Place , Patio Bar Chairs for Comfortable Outdoor and Poolside Seating a good layer of damp newspaper straight on top of your grass, , Patio Bar Chairs for Comfortable Outdoor and Poolside Seating define the garden , Growing in My edges with plastic, , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor timber, , Controlling House Plant Pests terracotta or concrete , For The Most Luxurious Dining Outdoors: Ready Or Not, Outdoor Kitchens Are Here! edges and then lay the leaves directly on top of the newspaper. Make it a thick layer as it will settle down over the next few months.

Now is a good time to prune , Controlling House Plant Pests and tidy up all areas of your garden. , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping Consider rigging up a composting area with 3 individual bays to hold the different stages of decomposing material. A triple system allows you to create a pile and then turn it into the next bay. This is a much easier way to turn your heap than trying to turn it onto itself, where you never seem to be able" to quite reach that bit in the bottom". Keep turning it into the next bay and then you can leave the last bay as storage for your finished compost. , Forever & Ever Double Pink Hydrangea This will continue to break down over time and can also become a great spot for earthworms. Remember to keep it covered so that rainfall doesn't leach out any of the goodies before you need it.

Pest alert!
Winter , Take Another Look at Those Wild Surreptitious Weeds is usually a pest , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Garden Pond free time in the garden, , ing - An Expression but don't be fooled. Many will pupate over this time. Similarly, fungus is laying dormant just waiting for warmer conditions to spread it's deadly force. So don't become too complacent.

Fruit fly and codlin moth in apples are ones to watch out for. Remove any fallen fruit , The Basics Of How to Plant Container Gardens that may harbour their little eggs or maggots. Ensure that your orchard , Gardening - An Expression area is clean and you'll avoid many problems. Now is a good time to consider some companion planting. Green , Cattleya Orchid Plant - Why They Are Not Popular Harvest have a wonderful "Good Bug Mix" of seeds , Gardening - An Expression to sow around your fruit trees , How to Build a Pond: Basic Considerations and near the veggie patch. It's a mixture of continual flowering herbs , Choosing A Landscape Contractor and plants , Forever & Ever Double Pink Hydrangea that will attract the natural , 5 Most Popular Flowers for Your Garden predators. Worth getting a pack or two.

Keep an eye out for caterpillars still, especially on vulnerable young cabbage family plants. , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping Hand removal is often best. Use Dipel (Bt) if you have to.

Spray bordeaux mix for fungal problems like leaf curl, shot hole, rust, apple & pear scab and brown rot. This is done now to minimize damage to leaves.

Fruit trees
I always think of apple pie at this time of year. The old favourite recipe gets me special appreciation from the kids as well as hubby and it leaves those factory frozen ones for dead. So it's worth putting in a Granny Smith just for the "love factor". Many can be grown in pots , Water Lilies - How and When to Divide and Fertilize now along with other dwarf stone , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Garden Pond fruit. Take a look at my article on creating an orchard , Decorative Concrete - The Beginnings in a pot , Home for a Gnome? at Veggie Lady articles. You'll be surprised by what you can achieve in a relatively small space.

Pruning of your apple and pear trees , Water Lilies - How and When to Divide and Fertilize takes place , Patio Bar Chairs for Comfortable Outdoor and Poolside Seating now. Shape them into an "open vase" by removing the inward growing , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor shoots and leaving the more vertical branches alone. More fruiting occurs on this vertical growth and the shape will improve air , Pond Construction circulation to prevent fungal problems. Try growing , Decorating Outdoor Decks and Patios With Themes some espaliered on a north facing wall , Lawn Tractors Were Never a Chore or in rows running north-south. Encourage one or two vertical "leaders" and then tie down the long soft branches to horizontal that come from the central leader. You'll have to wait for spurs to grow , Decorative Concrete - The Beginnings from the horizontal branch before fruiting occurs.

Now is a good time to order and plant , Garden On The Cheap decidous fruit trees , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor that arrive "bare rooted". This means that they come without any soil , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 3) Lighting attached and should be planted quickly to they don't dry out. Give the longer roots , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape a trim and tidy up so that you can spread the roots , Landscape Wallpaper out as you plant , Viburnum in the Garden it in the hole. Make sure the hole is big enough and incorporate some good compost , Home for a Gnome? when back-filling. I avoid putting manure in the planting hole since direct contact with the roots , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn can burn them. Instead top dress with some manure, mulch heavily and give it a good water. , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor By the time the tree , How to Build a Pond: Basic Considerations breaks its dormancy and starts to grow, , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn it'll have a good supply of nutrients from the boken down manure above.

You can revive old fruit trees , Viburnum in the Garden by cutting back one third of a tree's branches every 3 years. By the end of the 3 years you should have cut back the entire tree. , 6 Indoor Plants That Love The Dark: A Tip From The Garden Center Nursery Don't cut all the branches at once, it throws the tree , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 3) Lighting into chaos and it sends out shoots everywhere (this is unfortunately what i did in time gone by - oh for the value of education!!). When new shoots appear, simply rub off the smaller ones and just keep best ones to form the new shape of the tree. , Patio Bar Chairs for Comfortable Outdoor and Poolside Seating The vigorous new growth will reward you with good fruit , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn production.

Grape vines should be cut back very hard, which may seem savage but it is necessary. Leave only short 3-bud spurs at 20cm intervals along the main branch. This is important for preventing disease , Create and Furnish Your Outdoor Room and getting good fruit. , Imagine Your Own Orchid Garden In A Pond

Replace your strawberries about every 3 years. Many get diseased and affected by viruses. All new runners put out by infected plants , Fences will contain the problem. So it is best to replace with new, fresh and disease-free plants , Home for a Gnome? for better cropping.

Citrus are in full swing now so enjoy your sweeter navels as they come into season. , 6 Indoor Plants That Love The Dark: A Tip From The Garden Center Nursery My kids never ate oranges until I gave them a bowl of home , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio grown, sweet and juicy organic , Decorating Outdoor Decks and Patios With Themes navel oranges. They devoured them in one sitting, with juice streaming down the sides of their mouths!! Mandarins, limes and grapefruits are harvested now too, along with banana passionfruit, avocados, guavas and olives.

About the Author
Toni Salter is the 'Veggie Lady'. Her website http://www.theveggielady.com contains free advice , Designing Your Flower Garden For Year-Round Beauty on what to do in the garden, , Decorating Outdoor Decks and Patios With Themes a planting guide, organic , 5 Most Popular Flowers for Your Garden pest and disease , Using Snow Roof Rakes control, featured plants , Water Garden - Pond Pumps To Pump Up The Volume and more each month.


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