December has seen a fluttering of snow on its first day. This and the drop in temperatures to frosty mornings has caught out many gardeners after a fairly mild – if stormy – autumn. Make time to check that your more tender plants are protected with fleece.
For more topical gardening tips read on.
Oh yes – and the Festive Season is upon us! Why not check out Plews Garden Design’s Christmas Gifts for Gardeners?
Three Gardening Tasks for December
- If you’re turning your compost heap, ready to add it as a mulch to the flower border, be aware that the warmth may have attracted hibernating frogs, toads and other animals – so put your spade in carefully! For help with compost turning, check out our video
- Bedding displays still left from summer suddenly look sorry for themselves. There’s still time to plant spring flowering bulbs before Christmas if the soil isn’t frozen, although they may flower later. Add some colourful winter bedding on top to cheer yourself up in the short winter days.
- Christmas trees – Advent Sunday is on December 3rd this year and sees the start of Christmas tree buying. Our blog will explain some of the pros and cons so you can choose the right tree for you, real or artificial. You may also like our tips on Caring for your cut Christmas tree.
Why not check out weekly gardening blog articles on a range of topics in Plews Potting Shed?
“interesting even if you have no intention of picking up a spade”
(Thanks Tim, who is a regular reader if a reluctant gardener!)
Things to watch for in your garden in December
Check over your greenhouse and garden fencing before the winter storms. Tips are in Is Yours a Wind Resistant Greenhouse? With fences look for warped panels and especially check the posts for signs of rotting and instability. We have some garden fence ideas in case you need new.
Christmas Gifts for Gardeners
Christmas Gift Ideas from Plews suggests:-
- Gardening Lessons – the Gift of Learning; gardening courses and lessons where your garden is the classroom
- Gardening Gift vouchers – available for all gardening services
- Gardening eBooks by Plews – and there’s a new one on Christmas Trees, Mistletoe, all thing Christmas and your Garden. There have been a couple of hiccups but this should be available beginning of December
Garden to visit this month
The National Botanic Garden of Wales has trees valued for their beautiful winter bark – silver birch and snake bark maple in particular; and a large glasshouse in case it starts raining or snowing!
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