Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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In December, our focus tends to shift away from the garden outside as the days are colder and shorter and the list of other activities grows longer. But there are still opportunities to work in the garden weather permitting and get re-acquainted with indoor gardening.

 

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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Finish garden clean up.

1. When the weather cooperates, finish raking and chopping up leaves to use as mulch on planting beds to improve your garden soil. You can also mulch leaves as you mow and leave them on the lawn. If you have too many leaves, start a compost pile. If you haven’t finished planting spring flowering bulbs, there is still time to do that, too, as long as the ground isn’t frozen.

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    Composting
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  • Easy Fall Composting
    Easy Fall Composting
    The best way to improve any soil is to add organic matter, and in the autumn, the supply of organic matter is unlimited: it's falling from the trees.
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  • Planting Fall Bulbs
    Planting Fall Bulbs
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2.) Set up an area indoors to enjoy gardening through the winter months.

2. Set up an area indoors to enjoy gardening through the winter months with grow lights. You can make your indoor garden as big or as little as you want with a variety of options, including many that use energy efficient LED bulbs.

  • Easy Fall Composting
    Easy Fall Composting
    The best way to improve any soil is to add organic matter, and in the autumn, the supply of organic matter is unlimited: it's falling from the trees.
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3.) Grow and enjoy indoor grown vegetables and herbs.

3. Grow and enjoy microgreens, sprouts, and even herbs indoors to add to salads and sandwiches and to use as a garnish throughout the cold months.

4.) Enjoy amaryllis flowers throughout the winter.

4. Pot up amaryllis bulbs to grow indoors. New waxed bulbs make it easy to these big holiday flowers them with no soil or water. Or, plain bulbs can be potted up to bloom anytime in the winter.

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5.) Clean up garden tools and make a list of new tools you might like to give or get.

5. Clean up garden tools and make a list of new tools you need for the next garden season or would like to give as gifts. Good tools make gardening more enjoyable, year-round.

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