December – Looking after the Garden and Wildlife

Although Winter time is a colder time of the year for gardening, it doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do. December is the start of a chance to enjoy planting cool season vegetables and flowers that don’t tolerate the summer weather.

  • Check houseplants and any plants you brought indoors for the winter to make corms, tubers and bare root plants for rot.
  • Spread fresh gravel or grit around alpine plants.
  • Plant blueberries this winter for an attractive addition to the fruit garden.
  • Lift and store dahlia tubers once their leaves are blackened by frost.
  • Try not to walk on your lawn if it is blanketed by heavy frost or snow, as this will damage the grass beneath.
  • Help feed the wildlife.

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