What to do in the garden this December?
It might be cold outside but there is still much that can be done to prepare and grow your own fruit and vegetables. So grab your woolly hat and a pair of wellies and take the plunge!
- Plant Gooseberries, Currants, Rhubarb, Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries for good crops next year.
- Cover brassicas with netting to stop the pigeons eating them.
- Sow Broad Beans ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ straight into the ground.
- Last chance to plant autumn Garlic outside.
- Keep supplies for garden birds regularly topped up, particularly in cold weather.
- Clear up fallen leaves and store in black plastic bags for 1 to 2 years. After 1 year it will be good for mulching. After 2 years it should be compost! All free.
- Prune fruit trees and roses at end of the month.
- Raise outdoor containers to prevent waterlogging and use bubblewrap to protect fragile plants from frosts.
(picture from James Lee)
Indoors/In the Greenhouse
- Clean the Greenhouse and all pots and containers to discourage infections – preferably with an organic cleaner.
- Sow winter hardy salad leaves such as Mizuna, Arctic King, and Winter Gem. There are many mixed varieties available to sow now (they can manage in a sheltered spot outdoors too)
- Basil, Dill, Chives and Parsley can be sown indoors and you can bring other herbs like Mint and Thyme in from the garden too.
- Put your feet up and plan for next year!