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Here is a Treasure Valley to-do list for December and January

DECEMBER

▪  Harvest parsnips, kale, beets, turnips, leeks and carrots after a moderate frost or light snow. Flavor will be sweeter then.

▪  Check trees and shrubs for weak or broken branches that may be felled by snow later. You can remove these now, sparing your tree or shrub damage that might admit disease.

▪  Once the ground freezes, mulch perennials, taking care not to pull mulch tightly around the main stem or trunk. Leave an inch or two ring open around stem or trunk, lest you create ideal conditions for crown rot.

▪  Rake leaves from flower beds to keep them from matting and directing moisture away from plants.

▪  Cover strawberries with pine needle straw or other straw not contaminated by herbicides.

▪ Make holiday wreaths or holiday decorations of conifers or other evergreens.

JANUARY

▪  Read catalogs and dream. Order seeds early, taking care not to order if you still have viable seeds from last year.

▪  Check stored vegetables frequently, removing those that have rot or other spoilage indicators.

▪  If you haven’t already, cover compost pile with tarp to prevent rain and snow from leaching nutrients out of the pile.

▪  Plant onion, shallot and leek seeds indoors.

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