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Dec '08 Contents

Dec '08 Cover


All I Want For Christmas...
By Gert Slabach

The Deck of Cards
("A Soldier's Prayer Book")

A Franklin County Christmas
By Amy Hanek

Oh Christmas Tree...
Make getting a tree an event

Skateboarding in Southside
An Eye Opening Look



South Winds
(The Hanukkah Bush)

On The Funside
(Looking Gorgeous This Christmas)
By Amy Hanek

Southside Gardener (NEW)
(December To-Do List)
By William H. McCaleb

Ask Bubba - Advice
The Bubba Clause


Editor's Page
(The Fruitcake That Wouldn't Die)

V & B Comics
(Verrnack & Blupirk - Christmas Special)

Festivals & Events

Past Issues

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Southside Gardener

December To-Do List

 By William H. McCaleb

 Master Gardener Coordinator
 Virginia Cooperative Extension

   Be sure to clean old leaves and twigs out of boxwood, particularly in the center. Use a water hose with your thumb over the end to gently wash out collected debris in the center. Disease and pest damage can be avoided with proper sanitation. Be sure to soak boxwood plants well before winter freezes the ground.

   Open vents in your greenhouse on mild days. Fresh air is essential in a greenhouse. Never over water. Plants generally need less water during cold and shorter day non-growing seasons. Never allow plants to stand in water. Try to avoid watering late in the day or on a cloudy day.

   Check landscape plants for disease. Spray plants monthly with insecticidal soap where you find whiteflies.

   Clean foliage of houseplants during short days of winter. Water when they become dry. Fertilize lightly monthly with 20-20-20. Pothos, dumbcane, and ivies need less water to carry them through the winter. Avoid setting plants in front of hot air heat vents to avoid leaf burn and excessive moisture loss.

   Leftover poinsettias can be put in front of a south facing window to carry them through the winter. Once warm weather arrives in April you can acclimatize them slowly to the outdoors where they will make a striking potted plant on your deck or porch for the warm season.




William H. McCaleb
Program Assistant, ANR
Master Gardener Coordinator
Virginia Cooperative Extension
171 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 757
Halifax, VA 24558-0757
fax: 434-476-7777



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