Feel the chill? It’s December and that means frost danger is a constant threat. If frost is in the forecast, prepare your garden before sundown. Mulch, water and cover (with cloth, not plastic) to protect tender plants. Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Be sure to remove coverings during the day.
▪ Brighten the holidays with potted poinsettias and amaryllis. Indoors, poinsettias will last longer if placed in a warm, sunny location away from heating vents or drafts. Poke holes in the foil wrapper for drainage and place the potted plant on a plate or saucer.
▪ Outdoors, add color to the garden with calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies, violas and primroses.
▪ Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.
▪ After storms, dump standing water that may have collected in saucers under potted plants to avoid root rot.