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Your Garden In December

As we move into the winter season, with shorter days and the outdoor temperature getting colder, you will need to move around the garden quickly to keep warm. Here is a helpful list of garden tasks to maintain our glorious gardens through the colder month of December.

1) For all you vegetable growers make sure your winter protection structures are still securely in place. Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops.

2) Cover outdoor taps - there are many ones you can buy, but also you can make your own with fibre glass, foil and string.

3) If you have ponds or a bird bath, keep something (such as a plastic ball) floating on the top of the water to prevent it from freezing.

4) If you are using heaters in greenhouses, make sure they are working safely. If they are electrical heaters you can get them PAT tested if they haven't been used for a while just to be safe.

5) Plant and transplant deciduous trees and shrubs.


6) Here are some plants that benefit from a winter pruning while they are dormant:

  • Fruit trees (leave wall trained tree's)

  • Wisteria

  • Espalia

  • Climbing Roses

  • Berry Plants

7) Huddle the planters and pots together to protect the root systems from suffering frost damage.

8) Look after the wildlife and ensure your feeders are clean, stock up on fat balls and create hedgehog nests. 9) Acers, birches and vines need pruning before Christmas to avoid bleeding.

10) Remove rotting vegetables or use for compost pile.

11) Turn over the compost pile to allow fresh air in.

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