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New England Gardening Advice By the Month -December

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Short days and long nights now dominate the horizon. The ground is probably frozen and may be covered by a fresh blanket of snow, too. Great for skiing and sledding, bad for the avid gardener! But snow can be your friend in the garden, too. Snow is an excellent insulator and can help plants withstand the cold temperatures outside. Don't be afraid to pile up a little extra snow on your garden beds because it will provide a good layer of insulation and keep the bed hydrated during the dry winter months.

Start thinking about holidays gifts for your gardening friends and relatives. Shop the internet for the latest gardening tools and other essentials that will make their lives more fun and maybe a little easier. Seed starter trays, misters, grow lamps, and heat trays are just a few ideas to get you started. Remember, you only have a few weeks left so get shopping! See more gift ideas.

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Don't forget to pot up your next batch of spring blooming bulbs for forcing. You can keep the show going non-stop until your garden begins to show signs of life in March or April. We'll see you next month for more tips and advice for gardening in New England!

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