Tasks for December.

on Thursday, 03 December 2015. Posted in Blog

Tasks for December.

It’s nearly Christmas and we’re in holiday mode! Time to get outside and pick festive greenery for wreaths and decorations. While you’re out there, there are a few more jobs you can be getting on with too:

General tasks

  • Cover empty soil with clear polythene to warm the soil and keep it workable
  • Cover compost bins with cardboard to prevent all the goodness being leached away by winter rains

Ornamental garden:

  • Wrap containers in hessian or bubble wrap to protect them from frost damage
  • Prune ornamental vines while sap is low, taking back side stems to two or three buds
  • Bring Christmas bulbs indoors as soon as they show green shoots, ready for flowering by Christmas Day

Kitchen garden:

  • Heel in leeks by the back door so they’re easy to dig up even in frosty weather. Dig a trench, pack the leeks in and backfill with soil.
  • Cut out the tops of Brussels sprout plants for a delicious extra crop of cabbagey sprout tops and to encourage remaining sprouts to mature
  • Wash coldframe glass and cloches, and give the greenhouse a rinse: you’ll get rid of the buildup of green algae and let in plenty of light ready for spring sowing