Florida Gardening in December

December Gardening:

It’s been a busy month, but, unfortunately, I haven’t gotten into the garden as much as I would have liked. The weather is perfect for spending all day in the garden too. Lucky for me, my garden is growing wonderfully without my help. This month I haven’t planted any new vegetables. I’ve just tried to keep everything I have alive in this dry, dry weather. Rain is a blessing in the summer and non-existent in the winter months. My drip irrigation seems to be working pretty well, but I still have to water some areas every other day. I don’t mind because it’s a good way to check the state of all my plants.

What’s flowering:

  • mango tree
  • Jamaican strawberry tree
  • moringa tree
  • milkweed
  • bougainvillea
  • poinsettias
  • cranberry hibiscus
  • calla lilies

What to plant in the vegetable garden:

I haven’t had time this month to plant any new seeds or plants, but this is the time to start planting more cooler weather plants.

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • lettuce
  • beets
  • spinach
  • radishes
  • onions
  • English peas
  • Brussels sprouts

End of the year:

December marks the end of the year, but it’s only the beginning for vegetable gardening. I love watching the seeds grow into something I can eat. That is what my girls love most about gardening. They know all the edible plants and create mint, moringa and hibiscus teas or munch on fresh lettuce. To me it’s a beautiful thing to teach my children where our food comes from. I hope you can find the beauty in tasting all your hard work this year.

All gardening is landscape painting. ~ Alexander Pope

P.S. In the new year I will be spending a great deal of time reorganizing my blog and will be absent for a few weeks as I move toward a more seamless process. Until then, I wish everyone a happy holiday season and a wicked New Year!! Thank you for supporting my dream! This blog is so much more than plants for me, and I appreciate you joining me on this journey.

References:

Maccubbin, Tom. Month-By-Month Gardening Florida: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year. Minneapolis, MN: Cool Springs Press, 2014.

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