Gardening Tasks
December

digging

  • Dig over soil, for winter’s frost to break down, adding manure and compost.
  • Make a composting trench for next seasons runner beans.
  • Continue harvesting parsnips, kale, leeks, winter cabbage,
    chard, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
  • Not too late to plant garlic and onions
    which can be purchased from our Trading Centre.
  • If weather is mild still time to plant
    roses, shrubs, conifers and soft fruit.
  • Take hard wood cuttings from cornus, forsythia,
    philadelphus, ribes, gooseberries and currents.
  • Take root cuttings from anchusa, phlox, verbascum,
    oriental poppy and acanthus.
  • Bird net brasssicas and remove unhealthy leaves.

damage

  • Check boundary fences and stake posts,
    pergolas and arches for wind damage or rot.
  • Sterilize wash cloches, cold frames, pots and containers.
  • Protect clay pots and troughs from frost damage.
  • Water greenhouse plants sparingly.
  • Verify stored gladioli, begonia, canna, dahlia and
    chrysanthemums are in good condition.
  • Watch out for mice damage.
  • Remove dead leaves from overwintering fuchsias,
    and geranium.

prune

  • Time to prune vines and plant new.
  • Opportunity to prune overgrown laurel, yew, camellias,
    acers, walnut, birch and maple trees.
  • Apples, pears, quince, currants and autumn raspberries
    can be pruned any time up to march.

fruit

  • Check stored fruit, any decomposing feed to the birds.
  • Tidy up the shed.
  • Clean, sharpen, repair and oil garden tools.
  • Take petrol driven mowers and chain saws for service.
  • Check outside taps for insulation damage and any leaks.
  • Apply bird netting to best holly branches with berries
    for Christmas decorations.
  • Plant hippeastrum (amaryllis) in pots.

poinsettia

  • Keep poinsettias in a warm but not hot room
    away from cold draughts, water frugally.
  • Keep your Christmas tree outside
    until the last minute and water well.