Califonia Bountiful

Gardening to-do list for December/January

Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 California Bountiful magazine

There's plenty for California gardeners to do this time of year.


  • Bare-root shrubs and trees are beginning to arrive at nurseries. Shop early for the best selection.
  • Once new growth begins to peek out at the base of chrysanthemums, it's time to prune away the old growth from last year.
  • Spray roses with horticultural oil after pruning. This kills overwintering insects and their eggs.
  • It's time to plant peonies, cyclamen, bleeding heart and dianthus. In the vegetable garden, it's time to plant bare-root berries, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.


  • Prune fruit trees and clean up all debris around the base of the trees. Apply new mulch.
  • Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies, yarrow, ornamental grasses and other perennials.
  • Direct seed peas, radishes, lettuce and spinach in the vegetable garden.


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