Thursday, December 5, 2013

What to Plant in December

Microgreens will grow in December.
Peace, Love and Harmony.

Otherwise, don't plant anything.

Things that take a long time, like habeneros, will need to be planted now.  If you own a greenhouse in the Southeast and you aren't taking the winter off, plant some chives.

Caley's Culinaries (a.k.a. Caley's Kitchen Garden) has always grown edibles.  I don't know roses or hostas.  I'm the herb lady.

Truth is, over the next couple days it is perfect weather for planting...
everything!  A week of warm weather and rain when the days are getting longer is ideal.  Anything will grow.  The days won't be getting longer until the end of the month, and the seeds will be ready for some sun then.

But don't plant them anyway.  Unless you have a greenhouse with a very reliable heater and this is your full-time job, you will never keep this stuff alive until Spring.  I am saving you a very expensive lesson.  Learn from the mistakes I've made over and over and over.

This month:
Measure your garden.  
Draw a diagram of where everything was this year and what crop you will rotate into those spaces next year.
Repair tools and equipment.
Add soil amendments like compost and manure.
 
ORDER SEEDS! They are usually cheaper before the end of the year.

2 comments:

  1. I know - "plant" a keyhole garden! I tried my first one this year; after the summer drought of 2012, I'm experimenting with low-moisture gardening ideas. I didn't execute this perfectly, but even my very skeptical engineer husband has stopped scoffing. If you are interested, I have more info here: http://helenkosings.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/keyhole-gardening-resources/

    Love the blog! Back to lurking......

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    1. I did check it out. I like the idea of dumping the compost down a hole in the center. I just pile mine in a corner since I know I'll never keep up with a compost pile. Down a hole in the center is a better idea. Then the compost tea distributes and there is not an ugly pile of gooey stuff where everyone can see it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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