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What To Plant In December

Holiday celebrations don’t necessarily have to exclude a little gardening. If you feel up for it, and your weather cooperates, there are a few things you can grow during this winter season. Here’s what to plant in December!

Wondering if you can do any gardening this time of year?  Find out what to plant in December for your USDA zone!

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What To Plant In December By USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are created by dividing the United States into various zones based on their coldest temperatures. These zones are helpful in giving us an idea of what is likely to grow well in a given location at each time of year.

Of course, your micro climate makes a big difference too. The individual characteristics of your property, and even spaces within your garden can create warmer and cooler areas where specific plants may thrive.

All of the plants suggested below can be grown without season extenders. If you are using a greenhouse, cloches, or covers, you may even be able to grow more than what’s listed for your zone.

Unfortunately, if you live in Zone 3, 4, 5, or 6 you won’t be able to plant outside at this time of the year. You can still take advantage of indoor gardening though.

Zone 7

If you missed the boat on onions and asparagus crowns last month, don’t worry, you can still plant them in December!

Zone 8

Zone 8 gets onions and asparagus with zone 7, and you can also plant celery and rutabagas in your garden.

Zone 9

Garden time is in full swing here. You can plant the following:

  • Angelica
  • Beets
  • Cardoon
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Kohlrabi
  • Onion
  • Pak Choi
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions
  • Turnips

And if you are in zone 9B, add kale to that list!

Zone 10

Grow while you can in zone 10! It’s not too hot this time of year. Here are some of your options:

  • Angelica
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cardoon
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Salsify
  • Shallots
  • Spring Onions
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatillo
  • Turnip

Zone 11

Some selections that grow great this time of year in zone 11 include the following:

Zone 12

Zone 12 gets to plant out a little selection of heat loving plants!

  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Loofah
  • Oregano
  • Zucchini

Zone 13

And finally, zone 13 gets to join in the gardening fun with beans, dill, loofah, peppers and tomatoes!

If you live in an area that gets to garden this time of year, have fun! And for the rest of us, we will be paging through our seed catalogs and dreaming big dreams!

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