December Gardening Tips

Chosen especially for gardeners in the Black Hills of South Dakota


*Remove snow from evergreen shrubs to prevent the branches from breaking. Tap the branches gently.

*Place Christmas trees away from fireplaces, radiators, heat vents and anything else that could dry the needles. Keep your Christmas tree well watered from the time it is brought home until it is discarded.

*Minimize traffic on a frozen lawn to reduce winter damage.

*A common complaint in growing rubber plants indoors is yellowing leaves with dead spots on the edges. This is usually caused by overwatering. Bottom drainage helps remove surplus water.

*House plants with large leaves and smooth foliage such as philodendrons, dracaena and rubber plant, benefit if their leaves are washed with a damp cloth to remove dust.

Merry Christmas to all Black Hills gardeners . . . .

*A home weather station that includes a minimum/maximum thermometer, a rain gauge and a weather log is a good gift for a gardener.

*Check belts and spark plugs, change the oil, sharpen the blades and clean off dirt so equipment will be ready to go when you need it next spring.

*Drain the fuel tank of the lawn mower or tiller before putting the machine away for the winter.

*Clean and sharpen lawn and garden tools and store them in a dry storage area.

*After Christmas, your live tree can be moved outside and be redecorated for the birds. Anchor the tree in a bucket full of damp sand. Put on strings of popcorn and cranberries. Apples, oranges, leftover breads and pine cones covered with peanut butter then dipped in birdseed can also be added. For best results, push the edible ornaments well into the tree.

*Start reviewing and expanding your garden notes to help with next year's plans.

*Check fruits, vegetables, corms and tubers that you have in storage. Sort out any that show signs of disease and dispose of them

Thanks especially to the University of Nebraska at Lancaster . . . 

Gardeners are very busy during December--perhaps choosing Christmas gifts, working in the greenhouse, reading books on gardening, arranging for seed catalog purchases, and caring for houseplants.  

     Be sure to check the gardening tips for December on the green tab above.  

     Gardens in winter can still provide happy strolls with grandchildren, especially if you've provide an enchanting little playhouse for them.  Animals and birds love the winter garden

Christmas garden flags. 

Relatives arrive for the holidays. Wind always provides free animation in the Black Hills.  

Children play outside in the wintry garden.  So why not brighten up the outdoors with colorful flags, windsocks, and mailbox art.  Larger 28" x 40" Christmas flags are $20 while the smaller 12.5" x 18" are $10 online.  In the Wind is the company.  Mailbox covers     Flags



Miss Gardening? Grow Green Beans Indoors This Winter


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For gardeners who just can’t stand to keep their hands out of the soil for any length of time, growing food indoors in containers can be a great pastime during the winter months.


Green beans are a relatively quick-growing vegetable that can be grown inside your home and also look quite beautiful, as well.


Plants that you are growing indoors can be started any time of the year, but you still need to remember that they have certain environmental requirements. Green beans need plenty of light, so you will need to place them in a part of your home where they can get a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Alternatively, grow lights can work if you do not have a window that gets enough sun.