Carry on harvesting winter crops such as
parsnips, kale, leeks, winter cabbage, chard, spinach and Brussels
sprouts. Don't forget to pick Brussels sprouts from the bottom of
the stalk upwards.
Begin winter pruning of untrained apples,
pears, quinces and medlars. Vines, gooseberries, blueberries and
currants should also be pruned. Finish cutting down the
fruited canes of blackberries and hybrid berries and tie in new
Order trees and shrubs (including fruit) from
mail order catalogues and nurseries, and prepare the ground well
While the weather is mild, it is still a good
time to lift and divide overgrown clumps of herbaceous
Lift and store dahlias, cannas and tuberous
bedding begonias that have been hit by the first frosts.
Root cuttings can be taken now and throughout
Leaving perennials uncut once they have
finished flowering can provide food and shelter for wildlife in the
Apply a mulch to protect plants that are
borderline hardy such as Agapanthus, Kniphofia and Phygelius.
Collect all your empty plant pots and seed
trays together and wash them ready for next year. You could clean
your tools too!
Do some early wrapping by covering any large
outside containers with bubblewrap, fleece or hessian, to help
prevent the pots cracking in the cold frosty weather.
Provide clean water for wildlife to drink.
Stand tropical houseplants on trays of wet
gravel to counteract the drop in humidity when the central
heating comes on. Grouping them together also helps to create a
humid microclimate around your houseplants.
Ensure all standpipes, irrigation lines & hoses are
drained, to avoid damage caused by water freezing inside
Clean out water butts if not yet done
Back to the
Gardens in December
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