December Gardening Is Upon Us

Posted on Dec 7 2009 - 5:30am by Mike Lieberman

Before I left for my Urban Kinder-Garden Workshop in Los Angeles, I scrapped the small plastic greenhouses in my backyard vegetable garden.

Now that I’m back, December gardening is upon us. So far the garden is holding up better than I thought it would. This proves that the self-watering containers are pretty low maintenance because I didn’t check on them in two weeks and everything didn’t die.

Here’s a quick summary of how the plants are holding up.

The kale plants are looking good and don’t show signs of slowing down.

I already know that I should’ve left the celery plant alone after I harvested it.

The red pepper plants have fruit, but the leaves are wilting, so I’m guessing that it’s on it’s way out.

Both of the spinach plants are showing signs of dying. Not sure if it’s because of the weather or because of lack of nutrition. The green malabar stem snapped due to the wind. I likely should’ve had better support for it.

The cucumber plant is definitely dead and has no chance at revival. At least I know to plant my cucumber earlier in the season.

The chives and nasturtium both seem to have been infested by slugs. I say that because of the way they look and because I saw some slugs in those containers before I left.

Much like everything else in this experience, it’s a first for me. The weather hasn’t dropped too low yet (40s at night), but it’s expected to over drop into the 30s over the next week.

Due to my bad planning in the backyard with the greenhouses, I’m going to start taking down the containers that are totally dead. Then I’ll look back and do more thorough evaluations on what went right and wrong.

What are your December gardening plans?


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