Things to do this month
Prevent Peach Leaf Curl! Protect fruit trees and deciduous shade trees from overwintering diseases and pests. Use Monterey Liqui-Cop, or Bonide Liquid Copper Spray now, (even before leaf drop)
Protect frost tender plants when frosts are expected. Spray with Cloud Cover and enclose in frost bags. Drape larger plants with Fast Start Plant Blanket Fabric. Try not to let the covering material rest on the plant. String non-LED Christmas tree lights on your frost-tender plants when a freeze is expected. The warmth from the bulbs will provide another measure of protection.
Poinsettias and cyclamen make wonderful hostess gifts and thank you’s to work associates. And don’t forget to treat yourself and decorate the home too.
Prune most fruit trees, roses and other leafless trees and shrubs from December through January. WARNING: Do not prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees such as lilac, quince, flowering cherry etc. until the blooming period is over.
Keep up your New Year’s Resolution . . . join the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club (www.lavgc.org) and the Mt. Diablo Rose Society (mtdiablorosesociety.org).
Think Strawberry shortcake! By mid-month we’ll have all the perennial vegetables and fruits. You can set out strawberries, rhubarb, raspberry, blackberry and many other cane fruits.
If you like asparagus, horseradish and artichokes we have starts for those too. Come by and let us help you choose your favorites.
Set out winter blooming annuals for a garden filled with color. Choose primroses, violas, pansies, Iceland poppies, ornamental cabbage, and kale.
Sasanqua Camellias are perfect winter color for your shade garden. We have gorgeous blooming plants to select from.