It can be easy to feel a little lost with your garden when winter comes, flowers are scarce and the frost has set in, but that’s where we come in! Hopefully these essential gardening jobs for December will have you motivated to don a thick coat and hat, and brace the cold – do it for the plants!
- Tend to your roses. Climbing roses should be pruned, deadheading where needed and tying in any new shoots to their support. Gather fallen leaves from the ground near your rose bushes, removing these will reduce the chance of infection.
- Once your Dahlia tubers are blackened by the frost, take them to store.
- If you’re growing Hydrangeas , resist the urge to remove faded flowers. If you leave them, they’ll provide frost protection to buds lower down on the stem.
- Get festive! Harvesting the berries from your holly to use for wreaths, or other Christmas decorations. Keep them in a water until you want to use them.
- Leeks and parsnip should be picked before the soil freezes over. You can keep them in a bucket outside and use when needed for several months.
- If you have a NEED to plant something, why not try a mushroom growing kit? Mushrooms like the dark, and certain mushrooms prefer cooler temperatures, making them the perfect winter project.
- When you are left with empty borders, fill these with manure. This will let the worms break up lumps of soil.
- If you want to grow beans next year, consider digging a trench for this now. Fill it with compostable kitchen waste over the coming months, then cover with soil. The rotting waste will improve growing conditions for next year.
- Winter is the perfect time to clean your greenhouse. If you haven’t already, we recommend thoroughly cleaning it – wash the glass, the floor, and use horticultural disinfectant to kill any diseases.
- Insulate any outdoor taps you may have, and put any unused hoses into storage.
- Poinsettias need protecting from the cold, allow them to dry out a little in-between watering.
- Plant bulbs in large pots of compost, ready for the spring.