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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Protect Crocus bulbs from mice by putting nets over.
LAWNS & HEDGES
- Keep off the lawn if the weather is wet
- Complete Winter pruning any trees.
- Protect Winter vegetables from pigeons with netting
- Cover Rhubarb with manure or compost.
- Avoid walking on the soil if wet and sticky.
- 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
- Holly Llex
- Sarcococca – Christmas Box
- Erica – Heathers
- Cornus - Dogwood