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With any luck you could get a few days off this month, although harvesting holly is pretty much compulsory if you have some.


However if conditions follow the old hymn where “earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone” you may quickly  end up indoors in the warm.

GENERAL

  1. Weed paths, patios and drives.

  2. Fork over any vacant ground

  3. Rake up the last of the leaves

  4. Check websites and catalogues for next year’s planting scheme ideas

  5. Use a garden shredder to make a mulch for next year.


VEGETABLES

  1. Continue to use winter vegetables. 

  2. Harvest sprouts, broccoli and parsnips

  3. Continue earthing up leeks and celery.

  4. Sow some broad beans in a sheltered spot.


FRUIT

  1. Plant any fruit trees and bushes

  2. Check all stakes and tie.

  3. Finish any root pruning.

  4. Remove fruited canes of blackcurrants.

  5. Apply tar oil winter wash if you haven't already.


FLOWERS

  1. Winter flowers should be protected against slug damage.

  2. Sow seeds of hardy plants


SHRUBS

  1. Complete planting of deciduous shrubs.

  2. Hardy climbers on walls can still be pruned.

  3. Keep shrubs well firmed in against wind rock.


LAWN

  1. Keep off the lawn if possible

  2. Clear up fallen leaves


GREENHOUSE

  1. Tidy plants and water sparingly


POND

  1. Ensure that the pond does not freeze over.

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DECEMBER

  DECEMBER

There are dozens of varieties of holly. We prefer the spiky kind. We could never see the point of spineless holly - but then  neither can anyone else.

DECEMBER - TIP OF THE MONTH