Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

December 1 to December 31 - Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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In December, the opportunies to work outside in the garden are dwindling but indoor gardening beckons so we still have items we can do to keep our thumbs green and our hands dirty.

 

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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 including bulb planting and digging

1. Finish garden clean up, including bulb planting and digging, weather permitting. This includes raking and chopping up leaves to use as mulch on planting beds to improve your garden soil. 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. And be sure to dig up and store tender bulbs too.

2.) Assess houseplants and provide supplemental lighting

2. Assess houseplants and provide supplemental lighting if you don’t have good natural light. Your houseplants won’t grow much during the winter but will benefit from adequate lights.

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  • Burpee Table Top Grow Light, , large
  • Tabletop Growing Set, , large

3.) Grow a few vegetables and herbs indoors.

3. Grow a few vegetables and herbs indoors. You can grow 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, even after the holidays.

4. Enjoy amaryllis flowers throughout the winter, even after the holidays. New waxed bulbs make it easy to these big flowers them with no soil or water. Or, plain bulbs can be potted up to bloom anytime in the winter.

  • Cybister Amaryllis, Evergreen, , large
  • Amaryllis, Sweet Nymph , , large
  • Cybister Amaryllis, Sweet Lillian, , large

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

5. Clean up and stow away tools and make a list of new tools you might like to give or get. Good tools make gardening more enjoyable, year-round.