December 2011: To-Do List

I know I’ve been bad about posting lately.  The short days combined with my busy schedule have been getting in the way.  Hopefully I will get back on track during Christmas Break.  Hopefully I will also be able to get more time in outside.  This is a big to-do list and I don’t have that much daylight to take care of it in.

Planning

  • Look at pictures from this summer.  What do I like?  What don’t I like?
  • Inventory seeds and toss those that are more than a few years old.
  • Check nurseries and garden centers for sales.

Maintenance

  • Update bird feeders and the bird bath.
  • Sharpen the mower blades.
  • Examine the potatoes and pumpkins in storage and make sure everything is still in good shape.
  • Edge beds.  Yes, I realize this is on the list every month.  Eventually it might even get done.

Lawn

  • Aerate lawn in flood areas.   I actually got this done last week.  Yay me!
  • Rake leaves as needed.  Most of them will immediately go for mulch, but I need to fill a couple garbage bags in case we have an unexpected cold snap.

Pruning

  • Prune out blackspot.
  • Prune back any long rose canes.

Fruits, Nuts, and Berries

  • Top-dress hazelnuts with compost.
  • Mulch hazelnuts.
  • Prep new strawberry bed.
  • Attack the blackberry.
  • Cut down the dying apple tree.

Vegetable Garden

  • Winterize the tomato bed and the corn and squash bed.
  • Harvest the carrots and the parsnips before the first hard freeze.

Herb Garden

  • Nothing this month.

Flower Garden

Annuals:

  • Nothing this month.

Bulbs:

  • Top-dress bulbs with compost.
  • Plant tulips and mulch them with leaves.

Native Plants:

  • Nothing this month.

Perennials:

  • Nothing this month.

Roses:

  • Prune out blackspot.
  • Defoliate.
  • Mulch with fallen leaves.
  • Trim back long canes.
  • Prune wasp galls off and place around the garden.
  • Check after each windstorm and prune off any damage.

Shrubs:

  • Top-dress with compost.
  • Mulch.  Another thing that will eventually get done.

Vines:

  • Attack the bindweed.

Houseplants

  • Water only once.

 

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