What to do in your garden in December

It’s December! Where has the year gone? There are still some jobs you can be doing in the garden in the depths of winter (snow allowing!):-

  • Check your winter protection structures are secure;
  • Check that greenhouse heaters are working ok;
  • Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing;
  • Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls);
  • Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding;
  • Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops;
  • Take hardwood cuttings;
  • Keep mice away from stored produce.
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