December To Do in the Garden

By Gary Crispell, EMGV

Common Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) branch in early winter. (Image credit: Cathy Dewitt CC BY 4.0)

December is coming.

No!  Wait!  It’s here.

An amazing and wondrous

(And cold) time of year.

‘Tis the holiday month

Shared with family and friends.

Hanukkah, then Christmas,

Kwanzaa at month’s end.

No time for the garden.

“Blasphemy!!,” so you say.

Well, there’s naught to fertilize

And nothing to spray.

But here is a list

More meager than most.

You can finish in no time

Then with friends drink a toast.

LAWN CARE in December

Is really a breeze.

All you need do

Is remove fallen leaves.

Rake ‘em or blow ’em

Compost them in a hill.

Just don’t send them

To the landfill.

PRUNING is something

To get you outside.

Hand pruning not shearing

Should be your guide.

SPRAYING is over.

All done for this year.

Time to clean up

And hang up that gear.


Or so it would seem.

I strongly suggest

You ask our prop team.

Now sit back and chill

With your beverage of choice.

Sing a sweet song

Using your “indoor” voice.

Warm your toes by the fire

Gather family and friends.

Toast one another

Toast the year’s end.

This holiday season

(Choose your celebration.)

May you find time

For quiet cogitation.

Time to think and to ponder

Time for thanks giving

For all that is good,

For all that is living.

May all of our gardens

In the upcoming year

Be enough for us

With plenty to share.

Happy Hanukkah!  Merry Christmas! 

Joyous and thoughtful Kwanzaa!, Y’all.

Bring on 2023!

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