December

  • Rhubarb clumps can be dug and divided, suggest once every 5 years
  • Turn compost pile, cover to prevent leaching
  • Apply dormant sprays during winter when dry and above freezing; use lime sulfur and oil, controls some diseases and insects of fruit trees and shrubs (will not control scab or brown rot on stone fruits)
  • Lime if pH test warrants
  • Wood ashes on garden soils raise pH, supplies potassium and calcium, save and apply in spring, no more than 25-30 pounds of ash per 1000 square feet
  • Take cuttings for HOS Scion Exchange. Best to collect laterals for earlier fruiting
  • Bare-root planting suggested as long as soil is not frozen
  • Check condition of any stored produce regularly
  • Cut open and remove seeds from any vegetable that you have been saving for seeds, store seeds in temperatures between 35°F and 45°F (not freezing, but cold enough to retard enzyme activity)
  • Clean, sharpen and repair tools
  • Clean labels for reuse; recycle flats, pots, and trays by sterilizing
  • Check stakes and other supportive devices now to ensure stability throughout winter
  • Best to leave ice-covered branches alone, as they may break off easily, after sufficient thawing, assess damages, pruning may be necessary
  • Grab some good books, sit back, and enjoy the winter