Garden Calendar for December, 2016

By December, all the pots and chairs and statuary and yard art are put away. The lawn and fall leaves have been mowed for the last time this year and the gutters cleaned out. The holidays now consume gardeners’ thoughts.

Despite the weather, plants and gardening can still be part of your holidays if you wish. Decorate with evergreens, winter berries, and holly both inside and out. Start with a live Christmas tree. Dress it with garlands of cranberries and popcorn for an old-fashioned look. Put them outside as well as a treat for wildlife. Use boughs and branches to dress-up empty planters left outside if they are not already frozen.

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Garden Calendar for November, 2016

October is a month of preparation for winter. It’s a race against time since the weather can turn wintery at any time. The killing frost hits the southeastern part of the state last, usually sometime around the third week of this month. Earlier light frosts will still do in tender impatiens, begonias, basil, tomatoes and peppers unless they are blanketed for the night.

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Garden Calendar for October, 2016

October is a month of preparation for winter. It’s a race against time since the weather can turn wintery at any time. The killing frost hits the southeastern part of the state last, usually sometime around the third week of this month. Earlier light frosts will still do in tender impatiens, begonias, basil, tomatoes and peppers unless they are blanketed for the night.

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