December

It’s a busy time during the holiday season, so you may not have lots of time to spend in the garden.  You can make a few festive additions by adding some colorful cyclamen or poinsettias in pots by your front door or near a sunny window in your home.

Blooming:

  • Roses
  • Camellia sasanqua
  • Poinsettia
Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Plant:

  •  Continue planting cool season annuals such as pansy, viola, Iceland poppy, alyssum, calendula, snapdragon, ornamental cabbage and kale and cyclamen (cyclamen is fabulous for a splash of color in containers and they last a long time)
  • California natives (keep spacing in mind, these guys grow fairly fast & big and can take over a garden bed)
  • Cool season herbs such as cilantro, fennel, parsley, chives, lavender, rosemary and dill
  • Winter veggies such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, beets, kale, lettuce, spinach and green peas
  • Strawberries

Maintenance:

  • Make sure the garden is evenly mulched.  You want about 2-3 inches of mulch, so you may need to add a little this month.

Fertilize:

  • Fuchsias

 

Most of this information is from my personal gardening experiences in coastal Southern California.  I refer to these basic ‘Monthly To Do’s’ as a basic guide as well as my garden journal notes.  They are always evolving and continually updated.

I have also compiled some of this information from these highly recommended sources such as:  Green Thumb Nursery, OC Register (Home & Garden section), Rogers Gardens (Ron Vanderhoff’s monthly checklists are extremely detailed), Sunset magazine, UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County and Pat Welsh’s ‘Southern California Gardening’ book (this book is a must have)!

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