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December Jobs

Find out what to do in your garden now.

DECEMBER

Ornamental Garden:
  • Give the borders one last tidy before Christmas by removing any debris, leaves etc.
  • Check newly planted shrubs for windrock (loosened soil around base) after strong winds, firming the soil.
  • Avoid any pruning when frost or snow is forecast. Replenish bird feeders as soon as they run out.
  • Mulch if the weather is still mild.

Vegetable Garden:
  • Harvest winter veg like sprouts etc.
  • Clear any remaining plant debris and compost.
  • Prune free standing apples, pears, currants and gooseberries.
  • Do not prune stone fruit until spring to avoid silver leaf disease.
  • Prune grape vines by mid-December.
  • Continue to plant fruit bushes etc.
  • Divide and re plant rhubarb.
  • Lag outdoor taps and pipes to avoid them freezing.
  • Ventilate greenhouse on mild days.

Written by: Alex Bell, www.alexbellgardendesign.co.uk

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