The Gardener’s Calendar in December
“I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
‘We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,’
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.”
December’s shortest days and longest nights are a tough time for plants. The cold and wet will see off any of the less hardy plants but for the keen gardener that just means you have a spot for something new in the spring so it’s all good! Take some time out to consider what worked and what didn’t work quite so well this past year and choose what you want to get done in the year ahead. Have a break and a wonderful Christmas.
And don’t forget to get your Christmas Trees and Poinsettias from Bumbles! Merry Christmas!
If you have to get your fix of gardening in December:
- Now’s a good time to move small trees or shrubs that are in the wrong place. Take a decent root ball and replant at the same soil level.
- Continue to rake up leaves and clear away rotting vegetation. It makes the garden look nicer and is one less place for slugs and snails.
- Harvest you brassicas (Brussels, Cabbages, Cauliflowers, Broccoli) and be sure to pull and dispose of finished plants to avoid diseases building up in the soil.
- Finish winter pruning of fruit trees and shrubs
- Protect tender shrubs. Some, such as Gunnera can be protected simply by laying their own leaves over the crowns.
- Make any running repairs to greenhouse glazing and benches.