Great time to start some annual flowers this month. Good picks include marigolds, sweet peas, stattice, impatiens, petunias, and snapdragons.
Choose some perennials to start now from seed. Delphinium, Shasta daisy, carnation, digitalis, and armeria are good choices.
Start geranium, begonia, vinca, and viola seeds now for spring and summer bloom.
Begonia and vinca seeds are among the hardest to germinate, so don't be discouraged if your success rate is low or irregular
Don’t forget... after it snows to gently shake or brush off snow-weighted branches that have no support. Heavy snow cover protects evergreen foliage from windburn, but too much weight will break branches.
Prune fruit trees now. The prunes can be gathered up into bundles to be used for kindling after they've dried.
Avoid walking over the same areas of your frozen lawn, or you may find bald spots in the spring.... :)
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At this time of the year starting a garden record book is a great way of listing what you need to do as well as knowing what worked and didn’t work over the past growing seasons.
I suggest you start one now if you don’t have one. Make sure your allowing space to record the dates for things like:
first and last frosts,,,,seed-planting dates,,,, transplanting,,, time of bloom,,,, first fruit,,,,fertilizing,,,, problems with pests,,,, and what worked and didn't work.
Over a period of years, this will be an invaluable record. You can also add a map of what you already have planted and where. This is great if you’re transplanting or when you’re planting new flowers, shrubs and trees.
Planning a new garden?... then make a diagram list materials and plants you might want in this new or old garden.
It’s cold out so no better time to organize, clean, oil, and sharpen garden tools. A splash of bright paint on tool handles will make them easier to spot out in the yard.
Don’t forget to provide extra protection to houseplants on window sills if it is very cold. Place cardboard between the plants and the glass. Be sure the plants don't touch the windowpanes.
Also, check any bulbs and tubers you may have stored to determine if moisture is okay. Repack bulbs that seem too damp, discarding any moldy ones. If bulbs seem too dry, try moving them to another location.
January 4th 2019
Use this month to check your houseplants: divide and re-pot any pot-bound plants.
Keep holiday poinsettias in a sunny, cool location with high humidity.
Closely inspect houseplants.
Remove aphids from houseplants with a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water and add a drop of dishwashing detergent. Apply this to troubled plants with a soft brush.
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