So, December is the month for plotting, planning, resting and relaxing. The days are much shorter, and colder.

Protect your garden this winter / Photocredit: Pixabay
Protect your garden this winter / Photocredit: Pixabay

Here are our top seven things to do this month:

1) Prune some dormant perenniel plants back hard to improve their growth next season. We leave a lot of ours until the Spring. Two reasons – firstly to provide food for birds, insects, and other wildlife and secondly to protect the plant from too much frost damage. Once you cut it all back it is more prone to the elements.

2) Service and correctly store your favourite garden tools and mowers to make sure they last for many years to come.

3) Clear up leaves so that slugs and snails can’t shelter beneath them. Make leaf mould by putting all the leaves together in sacks (with holes in), or in a leaf pile near your composts – we build a little structure with wooden batons and chicken wire.

4) Repair fences, trellises, and pergolas, replacing any loose posts or any that might be rotting at the base before they collapse and cause damage.

5) Spread a layer of compost over cleared soil. This will provide a protection to your plants and also provide great nutrition.

6) Clean greenhouse pots and seed trays ready for next year. These need a really good clean to prevent the transmission of disease.

70 Plant bare root roses now. There is a masterclass available on our website.

If you're looking for a Christmas gift? We have the gift of a cut membership, a cutting patch course commencing in February and lots of individual masterclasses available.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Field Gate Flowers.


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