Adding charcoal chips to plants grown in water, will keep the water sweet.
After Amaryllis flowers have faded, remove them but keep the plant growing to replenish the bulb.
A good idea before ordering from catalogs is to plan ahead, where you are going to plant and grow these new additions to the garden.
Any Christmas Cactus that is still blooming, will appreciate a half cup of water every 3 days
Bring in your pots of early Tulips, Hyacinthus and Narcissus to begin forcing.
Brush heavy snow from evergreens with a broom.
Build or repair garden furniture and trellises.
Camphor flakes in a saucer under African violets are said to keep off mites.
Check now and make sure that you have enough plant labels, if planning to start any seeds indoors.
Cut back fertilizer applications to your house plants.
Cut branches of Pussy Willow and Forsythia to bring indoors for forcing.
If the temperature drops below 10°F, cover your coldframe sash with straw mats.
Inspect Apple trees, Lilacs and Euonymus for oyster shell scale. Prune first, then wash with Lime Sulphur.
Make sure that all bird-feeding stations are kept filled.
Making seed flats is a good indoor job, on cold wintery days.
Nothing solves a field mouse problem like a lean, hungry cat.
On these garden-less days, take the time and draw up a planting chart or diagram of your garden.
Place cyclamens in a cool room and keep their soil moist.
Plant paperwhite narcissus in a shallow dish filled with water.
Pot up cold storage Lily-of-the-Valley and they will bloom in 21 days.
Re-tie any Climbing Rose branches that may have worked loose and are whipping in the wind.
Seeds can be tested for germination and vigor, by placing them on wet blotters. Be sure to count and label them accordingly.
Speaking of Garden Clubs, try to attend your next meeting.
Start geranium seeds indoors now, for summer bedding plants.
Start gloxinias in a moist soil mixture.
Sow coleus and begonia seeds indoors now.
Take cuttings of your African violets
This is a good time to repot Cactus.
Try using sterilized soil in some of your seed flats this year.
When Poinsettias drop their leaves, stop watering and put them in a cool place to rest.
When the temperature is above 40 °F, reapply anti-desiccants to evergreens to prevent sun damage and wind burn.
When watering house plants, be sure that the water is at room temperature.
Wipe mealy bugs from house plants with a cotton swab diped in alcohol.
Wood ashes saved now can go on the Rose beds in April.
You could start the New Year by exterminating aphids on house plants, but why not instead, mix up some eggnog and call in your neighbors.