The Idle Mole Gardening School
The season of winter is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. This is the chance to spend time with loved ones, fill up on delicious foods and keep cosy and warm. However, if you cant resist an hour or two in the garden then here are some tasks to keep you busy this month;
Ensure winter frost protection is in place where needed and working sufficiently.
Check the greenhouse heater is working.
Take hardwood cuttings now.
Reduce watering of houseplants.
Prune apple and pear trees (do not prune espaliers).
Acers, silver birch and vines can be pruned now to prevent bleeding.
Harvest any winter cabbage, leeks, raddish and parsnips.
Plant fruit trees and bushes now (providing the ground is not frozen).
Sow cauliflower, lettuce, turnip and summer cabbage indoors.
Deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted and transplanted now.
Insulate outdoor containers to help prevent cracking and frost damage.
Clean and ensure garden tools are still working before packing them away for the winter.
The garden is not quite so inviting at this time of year, however, it can still be enjoyed. Ensure you do not lose any much loved plants by installing sufficient protection again frosts. Be sure to remove this on dry days to allow air to circulate and prevent damp.
Take time to enjoy the birds in your garden. They will be visiting feeders regularly now, filling up on high energy foods for the winter, Try looking out for birds you may not have seen before!
Does your garden lack colour and interest at this time of year? Why not add some winter annuals for an instant splash of colour. Rejuvenate tired pots and hanging baskets, you can even brighten up borders with a scattering of bedding plants. There are pansies, viola and primroses, all available now!
We also have a series of Garden School Events and workshops designed to walk you through the most important gardening moments of the year.