December is a good time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, which have probably been in stores since September (you can buy them early and store them in your fridge until you’re ready to plant them).
Trees and shrubs, including fruit trees, can be pruned now.
This is a great time to make a holiday wish list for your garden and even to work on some garden projects, such as building trellises or raised beds.
—Karen Beaty is a horticulturalist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
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