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Jobs for December...

The garden centre now twinkles with tinsel and Christmas lights, but before all our thoughts turn to Christmas festivities, there are still a lot of jobs to be done in the garden. This is the start of your gardening calendar for next year…

TREES & SHRUBS

  • If the weather is fine, take the opportunity to plant out trees and shrubs.
  • Firm the soil around Lavatera, to stop frost getting to the roots.

GREENHOUSE

  • As in November, continue to ventilate, if the weather is fine in order to keep disease down via air movement.
  • Catch up on any jobs missed last month.
  • Sow Onion seeds and Sweet Peas now.
  • Diseases - use a sulphur candle.

FLOWERS

  • Protect Hellebores from slugs.
  • Make winter tubs and baskets with evergreens and ivies – add a conifer for interest.
  • Use a mulch on flower beds and vegetable beds to protect the soil and nourish it.

BULBS

  • Protect Crocus bulbs from mice by putting nets over.

LAWNS & HEDGES

  • Keep off the lawn if the weather is wet

FRUIT

  • Complete Winter pruning any trees.

VEGETABLES

  • Protect Winter vegetables from pigeons with netting
  • Cover Rhubarb with manure or compost.
  • Avoid walking on the soil if wet and sticky.

TOP TIPS

  • Plan what you are going to grow next season and where to grow it.
  • Look out for attractive Winter plants for both flowers e.g. Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) and bark e.g. Prunus sp. and Acer sp. Prunus Autumnalis.
  • Make any repairs to structures and fencing.
  • Re-paint the garden shed.
  • Keep moss and green algae at bay on the patio areas with appropriate sprays.

PLANTS LOOKING GOOD THIS MONTH

  • Hamamelis – Witch Hazel
  • Galanthus - Snowdrops
  • Cyclamen Coum
  • Mahonia
  • Conifers
  • Holly Llex
  • Sarcococca – Christmas Box
  • Erica – Heathers
  • Cornus - Dogwood