Gardener’s To-Do List for December

Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of December.


december is the the time to collect leaves for compost and mulch in zone 7

December To-Do List: Zone 7
  • Remember it's your last chance to gather leaves for mulching, composting, or digging into the soil.
  • If weather is mild, feed pansies, snapdragons, and other winter flowers.
  • Cover strawberries with a floating row cover—they'll fare better over winter and bear earlier next spring.
  • Have row covers or burlap ready to protect camellias, Confederate jasmine, and fig trees, if temperature threatens to drop below 20ºF.
  • Add a second layer of row cover to protect leafy vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, and collards (remove the covers during the day, and they'll continue to produce).
  • Place a few plastic jugs filled with water between rows to collect heat during the day and radiate it back at night.
  • Plant bareroot trees.