WONDERFUL IDEAS FOR RECREATING DYING TOWNS
The North Country Maturing Gardener lives, gardens and ages gracefully (we can only hope!) in Northern New Hampshire. She was certified as a Master Gardener in Connecticut and now, New Hampshire. Aging however, brings limitations...hence the internet vs. the digging! :-) So, come visit and have the North Country Maturing Gardener (NCMG) answer your gardening questions on line!
I had a question about this and thought others of you might be interested in how to go about planting herbs inside for winter cooking.
There are those of you who are looking at a bag of bulbs and wondering what to do now. OR, you have a bed of bulbs that are so overcrowded they need to be divided. OR you just want to have a few more bulbs around the garden and you are unsure of how to take what you already have and plant some of it elsewhere.
Now's the time to plant paperweight narcissus, hyacinths and amaryllis (indoors) for beautiful color and aroma on New Year's Day!
If you've had enough freezing days to render the ground hard,
begin to mulch roses and other shrubs, etc.
Putting wire guards on the bases of tree trunks will prevent mouse
Wrap plants in burlap for winter protection. Do NOT use plastic!
They can't breathe any better inside plastic than you can.
If you haven't fertilized your lawn or garden yet, now's the time!
Use anti-desiccant to prevent loss of water during the long winter, if you haven't already.
It's a good idea to be sure your power equipment works properly. Now is the best time to take them to the shop for repairs and upkeep.
Wrap the trunks of smaller trees with plastic wrap, or wire mesh to protect them from rodents.
Add leaves and the last bits of cut grass to the compost.
Cover your compost heap or bin with plastic to keep the nutrients from being leached out from winter rain and snow.
Water your trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.
As you do that, check them for diseased foliage and remove it. Remember anything diseased should go into the garbage, NOT the compost.
If you have any left over bulbs, for goodness sake PLANT THEM NOW!!! (Assuming you live where the ground is still soft enough to plant!)
Are you going to have a live Christmas Tree? Dig the hole now, then cover the hole and the dirt you removed, so you can easily plant it when the time comes.