Tip of The Month
Plan ahead. Point of purchase decisions at the nursery are often fatal. Before you leave home identify:* What you want from the plant - flowers, shade, fruit, attract wildlife, etc.
* What you have to offer the plant - amount of sunlight, space (think of mature plant needs), maintenance, etc.
Use one of the excellent tools available to make a list of those plants which meet your needs and whose needs you can meet. When planted in the wrong place, plants become stressed and prone to disease. If they out grow their allotted space, the heavy pruning will result in excessive yard waste going to the landfill and often leads to disease. So make your list and stick with it, don't be tempted by "that fabulous new shade of salmon. . ."
Climate Information for December in Phoenix, Arizona
Average: 1.0 inches
Record: 4.0 inches (1967)
Temperature (degrees F):
Average High: 66.2 degrees
Lowest High: 36 degrees (1898)
Record High: 87 degrees (1950)
Average Low: 41.8 degrees
Highest Low: 59 degrees (1949)
Record Low: 22 degrees (1900, 1911)
Note: Rainfall and temperatures vary widely within the valley depending upon elevation and microclimate.
To Do List . . .
Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Lettuce (Head & Leaf), Mustard, Green Onions, Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips
Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Head & Leaf)
Watch for insect and pest problems, identify and manage early to prevent damage.
Fruit and Nut Trees
Be prepared to protect citrus from early winter frosts
Wrap the trunks of young citrus and other cold-tender trees with cloth, cardboard or several layers of newspaper (NOT plastic) to protect them from the winter freeze. Leave them wrapped until the threat of frost has passed in the Spring.
Peel color is not a good indicator of maturity or taste in citrus. Give it the taste test. If it is not sweet enough for your liking, leave it on the tree. Up to a point, the longer the fruit is left on the tree the sweeter.
Deciduous fruit trees must receive sufficient chilling for their flower buds to develop properly. Different varieties have different "chilling requirements." In order to have good fruit set, even in milder winters, choose a variety that requires less than 400 hours of chilling.
Don't List . . .
DO NOT OVER WATER which will result in root rots. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.