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Gardener's Diary

December


In association with the Royal Horticultural Society

 

Previously in The Gardener's Diary...

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012


 

The Gardener's Diary

The Royal Horticultural Society


The Royal Horticultural Society
is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.

Their goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.

In this section on Laterlife they share their expertise to provide your Jobs for the Month - making sure that your garden is ready for the season ahead.

Find out more about how to become a member of the RHS




Jobs for the month - December

It’s getting even colder…

Frost, rainfall and winds are increasingly common, sunshine hours are much reduced and it can be bitter with a risk of snow. You may not want to be working outside at this time of year, but luckily there's not a lot to do. Keep an eye on winter protection, and if you have a greenhouse, make sure the heater works. It's time to think about pruning apples and pears too.

Top 10 jobs this month:

  1. Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place

  2. Check that greenhouse heaters are working OK

  3. Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing

  4. Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls)

  5. Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding

  6. Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops

  7. Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted

  8. Take hardwood cuttings

  9. Keep mice away from stored produce

  10. Reduce watering of houseplants

For more vital tips on caring for your garden from the Royal Horticultural Society check out their December advice for:

Flowers
Trees and Shrubs
Greenhouse, Conservatory and Houseplants
Lawns
Ponds
Structures



 

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