Meteorologically December sees the start of Winter, which brings short daylight hours and, usually, less pleasant weather conditions. It is fortunate, therefore, that there is little to do outside in the garden. Usefully you can examine garden supports, ties and insulation for signs of damage or wear and replace as necessary. If we do have a nice day or two, you could consider pruning any apple or pear trees that you have.
- Ensure that your winter protection structures are undamaged and still securely in place.
- If you have a greenhouse heater, ensure that it is working.
- Insulate stand pipes to prevent freezing.
- If weather permits, consider pruning open-grown apples and pears trees.
- Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding.
- Harvest, when required, any Winter vegetables such as leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage or sprouts.
- It is an ideal time to plant dormant deciduous trees and shrubs.
- Hardwood cuttings can usefully be taken.