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December – Temperatures Drop – The Cold Kicks in

As winds begin to chill, and the days are shorter, the weather can be bitter with a risk of some snow. You won’t want to be working outside at this time of year, but luckily there’s not a lot to do.
Just keep an eye on winter protection, and if you have a greenhouse, make sure the heater works. Also it’s time to think about pruning apples and pears too.

December Jobs to Do

  • Check that greenhouse heaters are working
  • Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing
  • Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
  • Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops
  • Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
  • Take hardwood cuttings
  • Keep mice away from stored produce
  • Reduce watering of houseplants
  • Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls)
  • Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding

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