Enjoy the Holidays by Gardening in December

The weekends are a busy time of the year, but for those who love to practice, there is still a lot to do in December.

Harvest your case Vegetable crop: It's time to start harvesting vegetables from plants sown in September and October. You can even add more vegetable plants before it gets too cold. They include artichokes, asparagus, beet, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, peas, potatoes and radishes. Note: expect them to grow more slowly than the vegetables planned in the spring.

Plant Barerotade Fruit Trees: Now it is best time to plant conifers and cattle such as apricots, apples, cherry pickles, plums and walnut. You will find an assortment at your local nursery. Soak the roots in a bucket of water one hour before digging a hole large enough to hold the roots. Spread the roots to encourage growth. Careful water. Protect with a layer of mulch. Keep your tree moist for the first few weeks (regular rainfall will suffice). Bare roots are often cheaper than houseplants because they come without the plastic container.

Prune deciduous fruit trees: Prune deciduous trees when they have lost their leaves. Don't be afraid to give the tree a healthy trim as they will bounce well in the spring.

Fill in naked places in your lawn: Since the Southern California winters are mild, it is still time to spot-only stains in the lawn. If rain is sparse you need regular water.

Start a mulch stack: Shake up leaves and create a homemade mulch rack. Add leaves and grass clippings. Water pile (if necessary). Turn once a week. You will have compost in the spring.

Remove dead flowers and branches: The gardens can look a little riot in the winter. Keep them fresh by cutting off dead flowers, leaves and branches. Consider cutting back large trees, including pines and oaks, if the limbs look weak or overgrown.

Recycle your Christmas tree: Check with your city how and when to recycle your Christmas tree after your holiday. Remove all decorations and candles. Most recyclers accept flocked and unlocked trees.

Expand the life of poinsettias: During the holiday you keep Christmas gifts on a cool indoor place, away from heat fans and fireplaces. When spring comes next year, cut the trunks back. Put them outdoors in the shade during the summer and then bring them back indoors in the fall. To get the dark red leaves that boyfriends are known for, they must spend half the day in total darkness that begins in October. They start blooming until the next Christmas-mid-November.