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December In The Garden

So the snow has started falling, and the ground is frozen…cue sound of needle scratching across a record.

Actually here in Southern California, nighttime temps are finally dipping into the 40s, but the days have been warm and very dry, so there are still things to do in the garden this month.


If you have a vegetable garden, you can continue to set out seedlings of cool season vegetables like lettuces, Asian greens, kale, and Swiss chard. Plant seeds of carrots, radishes, turnips, peas, and beets.


Now is a good time to reseed and fertilize your lawn. Stay off the lawn (you too, doggies) and don’t mow until the new grass is 4-6” high.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses start to look like hair that’s had too much bleach and not enough conditioner. Cut back ornamental grasses to encourage new growth.


Deadhead or pull up any dead flowers. Keep planting cool season annuals like pansies, Iceland poppies, Cylamen, and snap dragons.

Poinsettias are an iconic flower for the holiday season, but please remember that they are poisonous, especially for cats!


Prune your roses and let them harden off for the winter. This is also a great time to order bare root roses that will be available on January. David Austin roses are my favorite!  The catalog is gorgeous!


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