All outdoor wiring should be waterproof, and lights should be fastened securely to trees and shrubs.
Any gardeners on your Christmas list would most likely rather receive something gardening related as opposed to neckties or hankies.
As soon as the ground freezes hard, perennial borders can be covered.
Be stingy with water on Christmas Cactus and the buds won't fall off.
Bend Raspberry and Blackberry canes to the ground and cover with soil to prevent killing back of the canes.
Brownish collars of egg clusters on the twigs of your trees are next year's tent caterpillars, and should be rubbed off.
Check guy wires on all newly planted trees.
Christmas trees should be set securely in holder that will hold water, and filled daily.
Cones and seed pods can be used to brighten up wreaths, table decorations and gift packages.
Cuttings of Japanese Yew can be made now.
Don't be to hastily in removing leaves gathered around shrubs, allow them to remain for winter protection.
Drain gas and oil from mower before storing.
For some lovely, sweet smelling blooms indoors, force some Lily-of-the-Valley pips.
Fruit trees broken down or split should be taken care of promptly.
Gift Amaryllis bulbs can be planted now.
Gladiolus should be covered with naphthalene flakes when being put away, to eliminate the thrips.
Grape vines can be pruned any time now.
Keep all bird feeding stations stocked and well filled.
Lawns should not be covered with fresh manure over winter, to prevent burning.
Mulch newly planted trees and shrubs.
On these gardenless days, why not spend some time reading up on your favorite gardening subject.
One of the most indestructible house plants seems to be Crassula.
Peat moss is an ideal medium in which to store Dahlia tubers.
Place straw matting over cold frames in very cold weather.
Plants received as Christmas gifts shouldn't be subject to too much dry heat, and kept out of drafts.
Seeds that are to be kept over winter should be wrapped in cotton and placed in a tightly-covered tin box.
Slat screens over cold frames will keep them at an even temperature.
Snow fencing should be placed to block the prevailing winds, and cause snow to pile against it.
This is a great time to page through all of the new seed catalogues, filling out a wish list.
Throw away old gardening catalogues as new ones arrive.
To prevent Tree Peonies from having their buds blasted by late frosts, net them with wire and cover with leaves.
Try using materials from your own garden to decorate your home for the holiday season.
Tulip and Lily bulbs can still be planted as long as the ground isnĵt frozen too deep.
Two good choices for blue flowers indoors are Browallias and Saintpaulias.
When your pots of bulbs in the basement are filled with roots, they are ready for forcing in the light.
Why not poke some evergreen branches in your window boxes to add interest over winter.