December in the Garden 2009

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* Winter rains can wash many nutrients from the soil. Keep it covered with leaf mould or fresh autumn leaves.

* Weeding done now will save time in the spring. Perennial weed roots thicken and can spread over the winter months, making them more of a problem if left until next spring.

* Donít be too tidy, leave perennial plants until the spring to cut down as they provide habitat for over wintering creatures and lovely seed heads for the birds to feed on.

* When the temperature drops to freezing, place a bowl of water out every day for the birds and other wildlife. Make sure that ponds and birdbaths are not frozen over.


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