December gardening tips

Growing aromatic herbs
December 04, 2010

In December, sometimes you almost forgot to have a garden, especially in case of frost. There are many fruit and vegetables that can be harvested during autumn and winter, and you can also harvest limited amounts of fresh herbs too.
Don't forget to compost all kitchen scraps, to feed the soil for next season crops.

SporigamiBy the way, did you already plan next year's sowings?
It's the right time to buy and exchange seeds: look how to create sporigami, resealable bags made of paper, without glue or tape.

Semina peperoncini

Chili peppers

Many chili growers start during December the chili sowing...

Rocotillo…but if the minimum temperatures have not dropped below zero, chilies continue to ripe: last year this Rocotillo decorated my Christmas tree.

Related post: chili peppers plants during winter.


The harvest

In December there is a fresh vegetable that will never betray you: the nettle. It grows in the garden and in the pots, and can be harvested (with gloves!) and cooked in many ways.

Harvesting nettle
Nettle recipes

Broccoli rabeAnother autumn vegetable: broccoli rabe.

You can also harvest the cardoons sowed last spring.

Seasonal herbs and spices: Borage, cilantro, cress, dill, nettle, parsley

Seasoning vegetables and fruits, and harvest details: December harvest.


Seeds to sow in December

During December remember to sow garlic and onion bulbs.

Direct: garlic, winter radish.
Protected: barilla plant, chicory, corn salad, lettuce, rocket, spinach.

Aromatic Herbs and Herbal Teas.
Direct: water cress

Giant cardoonOne year ago:

Harvest and cook the giant cardoon

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