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Mid-Atlantic Regional Reports

Mid-Atlantic: December Garden To-Do List

Snip greens, berries, and seedheads from your garden, and arrange them in seasonal mugs to create easy-to-carry holiday gifts. Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

Early winter can still be somewhat mild here in the Mid-Atlantic, but we know it’s just a matter of time until serious cold settles in. December is a good time to rest up from the growing season that has just passed and recharge your batteries for the new gardening season to come.

Dress up your outdoor containers for the winter with cut evergreens, berry-laden branches, colorful stems, and frost-proof garden ornaments.

As you stroll around your garden on mild days, pick up any unneeded plant labels, and add new, permanent labels to any perennials and woody plants that need them.

Every few weeks, check on your indoor-stored, tender bulbs to make sure they are not rotting (increase the ventilation around them) or drying out (mist them with water).

Treat yourself to a few new indoor plants to brighten the winter months, but make sure you inspect them closely before buying so you don’t bring home any pests or diseases.

Visit your local nursery and pick up a few houseplants to brighten up the winter months. Photo: Karen Beaty

—Nancy J. Ondra is the author of over fifteen books, including Grasses, The Perennial Care Manual, and The Perennial Matchmaker.

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