With just a few more days left of 2018, this time becomes a bit more reflective for me. I look back on the year and remind myself what all has been accomplished. I recall both the highs and lows. What I’m thankful for and what I learned. And I spend time looking at photos and remembering the moments with family and loved ones where my heart feels full.
This year, my heart feels especially full.
And I do the same bit of reflection with my garden.
What’s Growing in December
This December the weather was mostly pleasant, with a few nights where frost blankets were needed for the warm season crops. This month we still had both warm season and cool season crops growing. Here is the list below for what was growing during December:
Vegetables: Peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, carrots, onions, cauliflower, and kale.
Fruit: Limequats, Meyers lemons, Key limes, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
Flowers: Mums, Mexican heather, roses, marigolds, and cranberry hibiscus.
Herbs: Chives, borage, basil, cilantro, parsley, oregano, mint, calendula, and feverfew.
This month we harvested cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, and banana peppers.
Garden Products I Used In December
This month there were a couple of garden products that I used to help my garden. We had a few nights where temperatures dropped and frost blankets had to be used.
We first pulled out the frost blankets in November, and we will probably continue to for the next few months. These are light enough to not crush your plants, while still being heavy enough to protect from cold temperatures. The tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tropical plants were all covered to protect them, while the cabbage and broccoli were left alone since temperatures weren’t dropping too low. To learn more, check out how to protect your plants from the cold.
Blood meal and Bone Meal
This month I added more blood meal and bone meal to my plants that were growing. Blood meal was added to the leafy plants to add more nitrogen, while bone meal was added to those that are currently in a flowering stage. Florida stays warm enough throughout the entire year for gardens to thrive, while other growing zones up north may not.
This December 2018 garden update wouldn’t be complete without also thanking you. If you’ve recently stumbled upon to this blog, or you’ve been with us since the beginning, thank you. I hope you find some inspiration here, both in and out of the garden.
May your New Year be filled with happiness, and your blessings abundant!
See you again in 2019!