Time to Plan Your December Gardening to Do List

It’s the end of another glorious gardening year. Regardless of your region, it’s time to evaluate your garden and think about any changes you might want to make for next year. What were the aspects you loved about your garden? What did you not like so much? Ideally, photos and a written record of your accomplishments, and ‘failures’, will help […]

Vegetables You Can Grow in Winter

Nothing tastes better than fresh, crisp vegetables on a summer day.  But, did you know that summer is not the only time you can grow fresh vegetables?  Most people think that if you live in Portland or other cold places, it’s hard to enjoy fresh vegetables year-round.   But, with some help and guidance, your summer vegetables can frequent your […]

Attractive Bark – Winter Landscapes

The short, gray days of winter in the north, coupled with snow, often create landscapes that resemble a black and white photo.  Winter landscapes need not be drab and dreary and can have color, by choosing plants for interesting bark. One of my favorite shrubs for its bright red stems is the Red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea).  For even better color than […]

Grow Poinsettias for next Christmas

The real gardener derives his satisfaction from his ability to nurse plants along every step of their growth to their ultimate flowering glory. However, the greatest thrill is enjoyed by those who have succeeded in coaxing bloom from one of the plants considered difficult for the average gardener. Such a plant is the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). Actually it really isn’t […]

Gardening tasks to Do in December

The truth is that a gardener thinks of very material things in December. He is thinking of what he wants to give some good gardener for Christmas or else what he wishes he had himself. But when anyone asks him, “What do you want for Christmas?” he blinks his eyes and says, “Well, I don’t want a thing, just a […]

Visiting Greenhouses and other December Gardening Tips

Visiting local greenhouses and transporting holiday plants home safely, cleaning and storing hand tools, and removing snow from shrubs are some of the garden-related activities for this month. Try to visit a local greenhouse, as the sight of so many plants all in bloom is sure to lift the spirits on a cloudy and cold day.  If you’re buying holiday […]

7 Tips To Get Your Garden Ready For Winter

There are many things to do in the garden in anticipation of the first frost. Once the harvest has been collected, it is tempting to just close the gate and relax until spring. However, if you want your spring work to be less laborious, it is worth taking the preparatory steps described below. Gardening is also less effortful with efficient […]

December Gardening Tips

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during December. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Continue pruning deciduous trees and roses In coldest regions, protect roses with earth cones or wire baskets filled with insulating material Keep gift house plants as cool […]

Holiday Safety and other December Gardening Tips

December brings family and friends together to celebrate the holidays. Make sure you have a safe season by taking a few precautions before your guests arrive. For starters, take care with holiday decorations, especially if your guest list includes young children or pets. Although poinsettias have proven not to be poisonous, they may cause internal upset if ingested. Contact with […]

Feeding Birds and other December Gardening Tips

Proper placement of bird feeders, buying holiday garden gifts, and caring for poinsettias and Christmas cactus are some of the gardening activities for this month. To encourage birds to visit your garden this winter, set out feeders near evergreen trees or shrubs so birds have cover while they feed. If you have bird-chasing cats, or if raiding squirrels are a […]