December Gardening Advice
The shortest day of the year is approaching, and the weather is getting colder, but don’t worry it’s a good excuse to work harder outside to keep warm (whilst getting more done).
Hopefully, there won’t be too many jobs left for you to do this year and you can put your feet up with a mince pie (or two).
There may be garden digging to do along with some tree pruning. If you have a greenhouse, it might also be worth checking that the heater is working, don’t let all of your hard work go to waste!
Finish the autumn tidy-up of leaves from beds and borders if you have not already done so. It is especially important to clear leaves and debris from alpines as they will die off if covered in damp for any length of time.
Bare patches can be covered with gritty compost to encourage the re-growth of surrounding clumps into that area.
Also, with the cold creeping in don’t forget to insulate your outdoor taps and cover ponds to prevent them from freezing.
This is the ideal time to plant spring flowering bulbs, perhaps you could add a few of your favourites to your Christmas Gift List?
You may also want to trim your trees ready to cover them in festive fairy lights – no point drawing attention to a scruffy tree!
If you have a vegetable patch you may be wondering what seeds to sow? We recommend the following: 
  • Rhubarb seeds
  • Sea Kale seeds
  • Jerusalem artichokes seeds
  • Garlic cloves
  • Winter Purslane seeds
Finally, don’t forget to toast your hard work (and reward yourself) with a nice glass of port after a nice warm bath. 

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