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December & January Gardening Checklist – 30 Winter Gardening Tips and Tricks

November 2, 2019

Well winter is upon us. The temperatures
are lowering, the holidays are here but there’s still a lot of work to do in
your garden in the months of December and January. I’ll show you what I’m going
to do. If you’re storing cut wood for winter fires, be sure and store it away
from the house. Cockroaches and other pests & insects like to hide in the wood
and you don’t want to give them easy access into your home. Be sure and have
some frost blankets on hand so that you can protect your tender perennials when
the hard frost comes. If moving potted shrubs and trees into the house or into a
greenhouse be sure and check the humidity level and any airflow that
might negatively affect the plant. Start garden planning for next year. Think
about the lessons you learned from the previous garden. Map out your garden for
next year keeping in mind crop rotation and order
your seeds for your spring and summer garden. Be sure and check out our garden
planning video and our garden planning tools at
Add compost and mulch to your perennial vegetables such as artichokes asparagus,
strawberries and other berries, to protect the roots from frost. If you want
a winter garden, build some hoop houses over your beds and cover it with
greenhouse poly you can grow greens and other kinds of lettuces all winter long.
Click on the link below to find more information about building hoop houses
and other winter garden structures. Continue adding to your compost pile.
Monitor the pile for moisture level. It should be moist but not soggy. Add a
compost cover if the pile is getting too wet. Continue cleaning up underneath your fruit trees or perennial vegetables. Pick up any dead fruit, vegetables or debris
and that will help prevent any kind of infestation next year. Prune your
blackberries based on the kind that you have. Erect, semi-erect or trailing. The
way to Train and prune will depend on the type. Dormant pruning of erect
blackberries entails removing dead canes and cutting back laterals 12 to 18 inches. Semi-erect blackberries should be thinned to five to eight of the strongest
canes and shortened laterals to twelve to eighteen inches. Remove any growing on the lower third foot section of the main canes. Tie to a
fence or trellis to provide support. Trailing blackberries are less cold
tolerant and in cold regions the Canes can be left on the ground and protected
with Row cover over the winter. In spring the Canes can be lifted and tied to a
trellis three feet and six feet. I’m gonna weed, clean below these raspberries and then I’m gonna add compost and mulch and then I’m gonna do the winter pruning.
Please check out the video on how to care for raspberries. Prune your pears
apples peaches and nectarines and be sure and check out our winter pruning
video. Apply dormant sprays after all the leaves have dropped and then follow it
up with two more applications. Dormant spraying kills overwintering insect eggs,
mites, soft bodied insects, scale and fungal diseases like peach leaf curl.
Treat your stone fruit trees that are susceptible to peach leaf curl with
dormant sprays three times. Treat after leaf drop again, at new year’s day and a
third time at Valentine’s Day. If you plan on planting any bare root fruit
trees, pre dig your holes before the ground gets too cold or before it gets
too wet. Food supplies are scarce for wild animals so protect your small trees
and shrubs from deer and rabbits and other pests with deer fencing and with
tree guards. There are also a lot of other methods that you can find on our
how to control deer video. Order your bare root fruit trees, vines, berries and
vegetable crowns. These items ship in December and January
but sometimes we run out if quantities are limited. Be sure and check out all
the gift ideas for the gardener’s in your life or on your list. Depending on
your climate and what kind of olive tree you have, you might still have time to
harvest your olives. Most importantly enjoy the holiday season I’ll check back
with you in February. Grow organic for Life!


  • Reply Rolo December 8, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Hello there, I’d like to know what kind of block that was on the raised beds. What’s the name of it and where can I find it?

  • Reply Morgan Ivy January 3, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Hello! I love your videos, and always look forward to your next one. My family and I have a smaller yard that is to small to have a garden in the ground, and when we did try all the plants died from being in the hot soil in southern CA. So we found planter boxes tried them a couple times and loved them, you can move them around because they have wheels to! I would really enjoy if you made a video on how to plant cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and other plants that can last the heat in planter boxes. (I know you already have vids on these plants, but it would be nice to see how to use the planter boxes in different ways.) 
         I'm so jealous of your garden and wish to have one like that in the future! 😀

  • Reply Grow Organic At Home January 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Great video. Great content and really enjoyed watching it.

  • Reply Stacey Here we grow again January 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Great video as always!

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