It’s December, many of us long for the warm day’s of our summer gardens.
In the U.S. many have had so much rain that the garden water pond gold fish are drowning. Others have enough snow to establish a breeding colony of penguins.
We have visions of a fat goose or turkey on our Christmas dinning table. Surrounded by many happy faced hungry family members.
The aromas coming from our kitchens mingle with the seasons Christmas ‘Real’ Christmas tree smells. Reenforcing in our minds that it will soon be Christmas day. Our children, grand and great grand sons and daughters have a candy cane in one hand and a sweet apple in the other.
Yet in the secret happy place of our mind, we know it’s time to be Planning to plant our spring and summer gardens. Winter will offically arreve in 5 or 6 days, but winter days will quickly give way to the warming sun of spring.
Don’t be intimidated! Look for plants that you know will do well in your area and your ‘normal’ weather conditions. Don’t fool yourself. You can’t grow an orange orchard in North Dakota.
Plant what you like to see blooming in your garden and plant vegetables that you like to eat! If you never buy turnips from your supermarket, Don’t Plant Turnips!
It does not matter what some self important, self appointed so called gardening expert has to say. It’s ‘Your’ garden, not theirs!
Unless you are planting a lot of the same type vegetable, you may in the long run be better off Not Buying Seed, spending a little more to buy just 2 or 3 seedlings from your local nursery. Another advantage of planting seedlings is you will be able to treat your garden soil with a pre-emergent to help you control and prevent weed and grass seeds germinating in your garden plot.
Don’t forget that it will soon be time to spray your fruit trees to control tree disease and insects that can damage your trees and next years fruit production. Timing Is Important! Spraying to early or to late in the season is a waste of your time, efforts and money.
Careful fruit tree pruning is necessary for your trees health and to maximize fruit production. Search Universities websites in your area as well as your local USDA county/state agricultural agent websites. Many have ‘Free’ very useful fact sheets on vegetable gardens and fruit tree pruning and spraying information fact sheets. as well as insect identification and control information.
Don’t be shy, they are being paid for with ‘Your’ Tax Dollars. Use their ‘Free’ services.
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