Sorry my posting has been so erratic lately. This December Garden Checklist is the first in a few weeks. My hat is off to any of you out there who have ever written a book or any kind of informational piece. The time to research and then get thoughts down on paper was more than I imagined. I put the finishing touches on my Basil: From Seed to Garden book last week, and have been in a non-writing stupor. But I’m excited to tell you that the book will launch next week and has already gotten some positive reviews from some other gardening bloggers. So, thank you for your patience!
When The Kitchen Garten Shop opens next week, I’ll not only have my new book available, but also some pretty sweet t-shirts for the family, all themed around gardening, of course! Check out one of the samples here:
This Beet It shirt will be available for kids and adults, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! There’s just something about wearing vegetables and puns that makes me happy. Back to the checklist!
Monthly Garden Checklist
Something I’ll be providing in the new year is a monthly garden checklist. (And it will be at the beginning of the month, not late, ahem.) What needs to be done in the garden month by month other than watering and weeding? Lots of things! And these lists will be a help to those of you who know you should be doing something but aren’t quite sure what. These checklists will also be a helpful reminder to me of what needs to happen here in my own kitchen garden. So, it’s a win for all of us!
And while winter may seem like a slow gardening month, there are a few maintenance items to take care of in preparation for the spring. And if you have fall crops planted, they need a little TLC to thrive in these cooler months.
December Garden Checklist
- Clear out any dead/dying plants (and compost if possible)
- Direct Compost in any beds going unused until spring
- Cover unused beds with mulch or a thick layer of leaves
- Clean Gardening Tools (Tutorial coming!)
- Clean any pots or seed trays (Tutorial from Gardening Know How)
- Feed fall crops (do this every 6 weeks during the growing season)
- Water fall crops during dry spells
- Order seed catalogs (Tis the season!)
- Organize seeds and determine what you will need for spring
And that’s it! Obviously, if you don’t have any fall crops you can skip any of those items and get right down to winterizing your beds with compost and mulch or leaves. I get just as excited for seed catalogs as I do for Christmas cards! I’m always fascinated by the vast variety of fruits and veggies I could possibly grow. But always keep in mind that you only want to order seeds for things you’ll actually eat. I ended up giving away a lot of eggplant this year since I had four plants that produced abundantly and only one eggplant eater in the house (Me!).
I’m attaching a handy printable below if you’d like to take your checklist to the garden with you. Also, I’ll be sharing a post next week about my garden and animal year in review. 2017 turned out to be a great year for the garden but a really tough year for the animals in our home and yard. So my reflections on 2017 are bittersweet.
I hope this checklist is a help to you and remember, if you take care of your garden now, it will be charged up and ready come spring. Have a fantastic week and happy gardening!