Happy Holidays & Happy Gardening!

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Did you know that you can still garden in San Antonio during December?  December is a great month to prepare for the Spring with your garden.  Below is a short list from our friend Tom Harris, The Hill Country Gardner for the month of December.  Happy Holidays and Happy Gardening!

Color

After they freeze back, you can cut lantana, mallow hibiscus, esperanza and other cold sensitive plants to the ground.
lantana mallowhibiscus
Get those spring-flowering bulbs in the ground this month.
plant tulips
Plastic cups sunk in the ground and ½ filled with beer attract and drown slugs and snails.  They like Budweiser best.
It is not too late to plant pansies.
pansies
December is a good time to transplant roses

Fruits and Nuts

This is a good month to plant bare root, fruit. and pecan trees
pecan fruit tree
Wait until January to do any major fruit tree pruning.
Collect pecans as they fall to the ground.
 
Shade Trees and Shrubs
 
Mulch the fallen leaves with your lawn mower.
mulchleaves
Eliminate the mistletoe (a parasite) from your trees after the leaves fall.
It’s OK to plant trees in December…even bare-root trees.
Consider a living Christmas tree.  Arizona cypress or Italian Stone pines do well.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: A line of Christmas trees are seen December 11, 2009 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Live trees are a popular feature of the holiday season for many New Yorkers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 94286963

Plant fruit trees on 8’ x 8’ raised beds with drip irrigation.

December is a good month to prune oak trees.  Avoid topping.

 
Turf Grass

St. Augustine that is dry is very susceptible to freeze damage.  Water once per month if it doesn’t rain.

Vegetables

Side-dress your cole crops and onions with 2-3 Tbs of slow-release lawn fertilizer or ammonium sulphate per 10 feet of row.
If tomatoes are full sized, but not showing any color, pick them and bring them into the house.  They’ll ripen on the counter.
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Posted on December 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm
Ann Jones | Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,

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