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December it is Cold Outside!

With the weather getting colder, the sunshine hours diminishing, increasing rainfall, windy weather and frosts it can be bitter outside in the garden with the possibility of snow. Who wants to be working outside at this time of year? However there’s not a lot to do. So keep an eye on winter protection of plants and shrubs.
Winter protection
Top 10 jobs this month
1) Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted
and transplanted
2) Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing
3) Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts
and remaining root crops
4) Take hardwood cuttings
5) Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not
those trained against walls)
6) Prune acers, birches and vines before
Christmas to avoid bleeding
7) Check your winter protection structures are
securely in place
8) Keep mice away from any stored produce
9) Check that greenhouse heaters are working
10) Reduce watering of houseplants

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