COLD HARDY VEGETABLE SUGGESTIONS
An excellent post from the 👏 Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program 👏 "Don't throw in the towel on growing vegetables just because it's winter! There are a number of cold-hardy greens you can grow in colder months, including arugula endive, spinach and parsley.
If you don't have these currently growing in your garden, consider planting some at the end of next summer to enjoy harvests through the winter. A great thing to remember as you begin to plan your 2023 vegetable garden!
Depending on your growing conditions, you might need a season-extender, such as floating row cover, to get the most out of these For more info on floating row covers, check our publication:
CHECK YOUR GREENERY
If you are getting a Christmas tree, wreath, or holiday greenery, visiting a tree farm or shopping for a local tree helps prevent the introduction of new pests like elongate hemlock scale. If you don't get a local tree/greenery, be sure to check and make sure that it is fresh (not dried out) and free of pests before you buy it.
If you think you spot #elongatehemlockscale or another pest on your tree or greenery, take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHICH TYPES OF HOLIDAY CACTUS DO YOU HAVE?
"There are many different types of cacti that bloom between Thanksgiving and Easter. Each is appropriately named by the holiday it blooms near. The differences between these plants are found in the leaf edges. Christmas cacti have scalloped edges while Thanksgiving and Easter cacti have pointed edges. The Thanksgiving cactus is most common, probably because it is easier to get to bloom. They each are available in a variety of flower colors including white, pink, red, and orange.
When purchasing a new plant, look for uniform green growth, and good flower bud set. While "cacti" usually suggest high temperatures and dry air, this is not what these holiday bloomers prefer. Unlike most cacti, these like moist soil and cooler temperatures.
Take care of your flowering cacti much like you would any other houseplant. Give it a cool, sunny window or other location with bright, indirect light. Too much light can cause flower color to fade. Day temperatures of 70o F and evening temperatures of 60-65oF are considered ideal. Avoid overwatering during flowering. Do not fertilize when plants are flowering."