December gardening is a unique experience because there isn’t much outside work that is necessary. For a good reason because of the bitterly cold weather. The best tasks for December are taking care of those houseplants, planning for your spring gardening, and of course, decorating for the holidays.
To help you determine the essential gardening tasks, we put together a list of the tasks you can do in December to help get your gardening fix.
Decorate for the Holidays
December is all about decorating your home for the holidays. Decorating your home with beautiful wreaths, gorgeous holiday greens, and of course, the traditional Christmas tree creates the spirit of the season to your neighborhood. At City Floral, we have Denver’s largest selection of holiday wreaths and Christmas trees. We are sure that you will find everything you are looking for to decorate your home inside and out!
Move Houseplants from Icy Windows
Houseplants need some December gardening love too. Cold drafts and icy windows can be damaging to delicate tropical houseplants. Most houseplants do best at 65° – 75° F, and cold drafts will cause plants to wilt or freeze, and there is no coming back from that. If you have drafty windows, seal them with silicone molding that you can get at any hardware store. Moving plants from the windows at night when it’s the coldest will help also.
Start Choosing your Seeds
Planning your garden for next year is a great way to push aside those winter blues. Designing your garden and making a list of the seeds you’d like to plant will give you a clear vision of next year’s garden. To help keep you organized, it is a good idea to develop a seed starting schedule. A seed-starting program provides a guideline of when to sow seeds and when to transplant seedlings to your vegetable garden. We’ve created a seed calendar of the best times to start indoors, transplant, and plant directly to help. You can find that seed calendar here.
Harvest Cold Weather Vegetables
Early December is an excellent time to harvest those cold-hardy vegetables like kale, spinach, and other leafy vegetables. Ensure that you are pulling up those root vegetables like beets and carrots to prevent them from freezing. If you are itching to plant more vegetables, it’s easy to start an indoor garden with vegetables like lettuce, spinach, microgreens, and of course, tons of herbs.