Lets be honest gardening during December is not high on the priority of most people, however, Christmas preparation can be a stressful time and therefore the garden can be a place with which to let off some steam (I find some hard digging can do the trick), so for those that get a little spare time or those that are in need of a de-stress and providing the weather is willing here are some jobs for you.
Feed the birds.
Remember to keep an eye on overwintering plants and check that they haven’t dried out but try not to over water otherwise they can rot.
If the ground isn’t too wet you can winter dig the borders.
Pruning of trees, shrubs, ornamental and fruiting woody plants can all be carried out now.
Herbaceous perennials can still be divided during December providing the ground isn’t frozen or too wet.
Unless it is very mild do not mow the grass but you can neaten the edges.
Trees and shrubs can be moved now providing that the soil isn’t frozen.
If any tenders haven’t been protected against winter weather be sure to do it before the weather turns also lift terracotta pots off the ground as this helps to prevent them from breaking.
If it is proving too cold outside why not look through seed catalogues to get inspired for next years display.
Check bulbs grown for indoor flowering.
Check ponds to ensure that they haven’t frozen over completely.
During prolonged spells of very cold weather check stored dahlia tubers for signs of rot.
Keep collecting up fallen leaves put on the compost or make leaf mold.
If you don’t fancy being outside bring the outside in by decking the halls with Holly & Ivy!
Jobs in the Veg Patch
Red and white currants can be pruned.
Fruit trees can be pruned now.
Plan your vegetable garden for next year not forgetting to rotate the crops and if you know where you’ll be planting peas and beans dig in the contents of the compost bin.
Rhubarb can be planted and divided this month as long as the ground isn’t too wet.
Garlic can be planted if the ground isn’t frozen.
Bare root raspberries and blackberries can be planted.
Grape vines can be pruned now.
Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, parsnips, carrots, celeriac, swedes, turnips and leeks. Also if grown under cloches winter salads can also be harvested.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.