Preparing for the Gardner’s Rest
by Sandy Swegel
It’s the week after Thanksgiving and the beginning of a month of serious holiday celebrations. In Colorado, night temperatures are getting colder…my compost pile freezes at night. I’ve given all the garden and especially the trees a good watering and turned off the irrigation system. It is time for our well-earned winter rest. Even if you are in a warmer climate, it’s a good time to take a good winter rest. People are thinking about festivities…not whether your garden is in perfect condition. All of nature has cycles of dormancy where nature just takes a rest. It’s the gardener’s turn to do that now.
I did see in the news one reason when it is absolutely essential to do some weeding if you have this problem. A young toddler in China had to go to the doctor because a dandelion seed had flown into her ear and germinated. It was starting to grow. That’s about the only good reason I can figure to weed in December. Otherwise, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the beauty and the bounty as we like to say at BBB Seed.
There is one other gardening-related task I do in December. It’s time to try to recover the poor gardener’s overworked body. It is no longer OK to have dirt under my nails and cracked fingers and dirty feet from spending all my time working in the garden. It takes a bit of effort, but you can heal those cracks in your fingers in time for holiday parties. So use those gritty soaps and herbal lotions and get cleaned up and re-moisturized. It’s the season to enjoy and celebrate. You deserve it. It’s been a good year.