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What to Do in Your Garden Now
Rocky Mountain Gardener's December Checklist
Enjoy nature's bare winter beauty, stay active and don't forget gifts for fellow garden lovers
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Although the garden is dormant now, heed the call of the outdoors and spend time in your favorite garden space. Activities with family and friends, or a solo project to center yourself during the hectic holiday season, will bring you into the new year feeling happy and energized.
Create outdoor decor that will carry beyond the holidays by using cuttings from your garden. Mix evergreen boughs, brightly colored branches, berries, pinecones and seed heads for potted arrangements, wreaths and swags. Not enough variety of materials to choose from in your own garden? Plan a cuttings exchange party with a friend or two.
6 Branches and Berries to Spruce Up Holiday Decor
Continue building compost. Add kitchen scraps to your compost pile and turn it every couple of weeks to keep it working and breaking down.
Craft a sophisticated wall hanging like the one shown here or keep it simple. Foraging for the components and assembling them could be a fun memory-making activity for the family. Come spring, this will become home to some of the pollinating insects that are so important to our gardens.
Give the gift of gardening. For experienced gardeners and rank beginners alike, the quest for gardening knowledge is never ending. A great garden book, a membership to a gardening organization like the American Horticultural Society, a gift certificate for a class or a consultation with a garden coach would be a welcome and appreciated gift.
Ideabook published on Dec. 1, 2012.
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