Gardener’s To-Do List for December

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

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December is the time to plant bulbs in zone 8

December To-Do List: Zone 8
  • Continue planting onions, chives, spinach, mustard, peas, beets, and radishes.
  • Plant more lettuce in the coldframe.
  • Plant petunias, calendulas, annual candytuft (Iberis umbellata), pansies, sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), stocks (Matthiola incana), scabiosa (Scabiosa atropurpurea), verbena, pinks (Dianthus spp.), and daisies.
  • Plant bulbs, corms, and rhizomes of iris (Iris danfordiae, I. histrioides, I. reticulata), amaryllis, anemone (Anemone coronaria, A. sylvestris), calla, and liriope.
  • Clean up garden debris to eliminate overwintering areas for diseases and insect pests.
  • Start to build beds for spring by adding lots of compost.
  • Plant bareroot trees, shrubs, roses, and vines.
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