Gardening Tips for December

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With the cold weather and the longer, darker hours, there’s hopefully not too many jobs to be tasked with outside – much better to get that heater stoked up in your shed/greenhouse and concentrate on those ‘inside jobs’!

But digging, pruning, leaf remnant collecting and last minute planting should keep you warm should you venture outside.

We’ve tried to be balanced and kind in the jobs for this month – so take a look below, tick them off as you go, then get yourself inside for a Hot Toddy and a Christmas movie with our blessing!

If you still haven’t planted out Tulip bulbs there is still time – as long as the ground isn’t frozen.

Apply mulch-like a bark (or better, composted bark) around any borderline hardy plants to protect the crowns from frost damage.

 
It’s important to insulate any outdoor taps. We sell the perfect tap cover that’s very easily attached to the tap to prevent outdoor taps from freezing. Don’t forget any watering attachments you have that will need storing indoors and draining over the winter months.

Add some fresh grit around alpine.

Tidy sheds and start cleaning pots/seed trays in preparation for next year.

 
Prune climbing roses now. Cut away any diseased or damaged growth and at the same time try tying any new shoots to their supports to encourage them and prevent any damage to the rose.

Also with roses, gather any fallen leaves from the base of the roses that suffer from disease. This will reduce the risk of infection.

Now get yourselves inside!

Natalie Spencer
Plant Centre Manager

Prune climbing roses now. Cut away any diseased or damaged growth and at the same time try tying any new shoots to their supports to encourage them and prevent any damage to the rose.

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