It’s December now and despite some mild spells, it’s getting much colder. After our unseasonably mild autumn we seem to have been sent straight into the weather you would expect to see this time of year: frost, rain, strong winds and even the odd bit of snow. Sunshine hours are now much reduced and it can be bitter with a risk of snow. You don’t want to be working outside if you can help it, but thankfully there’s not a lot to do in December in your garden.
Make sure any winter protection you have isn’t disturbed by the wind and rain, and if you have a greenhouse, check that the heater is working. One thing you can do in December is prune any apple or pear trees you have, do this now to get a better harvest next year.
Here are a few things you can be getting between Christmas shopping and looking outside at the horrible weather!
- Make sure any winter protection structures you have are securely.
- Make sure that any greenhouse heaters are in working order
- Protect ponds and outside water pipes to protect them from freezing
- Prune apples and pears trees
- Harvest any remaining root crops as well as leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage and sprouts
- plant and transplanted deciduous trees and shrubs
- Take hardwood cuttings
- Reduce watering of houseplants
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