Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2009
Regional Report

Plant Yummy Winter Greens

Freshly picked chard, lettuce, spinach, and other greens are delicious, nutritious, and far less less expensive that what's available at the supermarket. They're worth starting now if only for their flavor and texture added to store-bought basics. Besides, it's wonderful to have something bright green growing in the garden all winter -- besides weeds.

Sow Veggies Now

Sow chard, kale, leeks, bibb and buttercrunch and romaine lettuces, mustards, green and bulb onions, flat-leaf parsley, peas, radishes, and savoy-leafed spinaches. Sprinkle just enough to settle them in.

Sow Flowers Now

Sow African daisy (gazania), ageratum, alyssum, baby-blue-eyes, baby's breath (gypsophila), bachelor's buttons (cornflower), calendulas, candytuft, delphinium, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, impatiens, larkspur, lobelia, lunaria (honesty, money plant, silver dollar plant), lupines, nasturtiums, pansies, sweet peas, California and Iceland and Shirley poppies, verbena, and wildflowers. While they may not germinate immediately, they will after a stretch of warm weather, so keep seed flats moist.

Plant More Bulbs

Plant more spring-blooming bulbs early this month, and save some to plant from mid-February through mid-March for extended bloom through late spring.

Feed Bloomers

Feed shrubs and trees that will bloom in January and February. If azalea and gardenia foliage is light or yellowish-green, water plants with a solution of chelated iron.


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