In The Vegetable Garden In December
Remove any yellowing leaves from your winter brassicas, then cover them over with netting to protect them from pigeons.
Dig over empty borders and put manure on top.
Any empty spots in your veg plot can be dug ready for planting next spring.
Dig a trench for next year’s beans and fill it with compostable kitchen waste (no cooked food), then re-cover with soil. Doing so will massively improve growing conditions.
Lift the last of your leeks and parsnips before the soil freezes. You can then heel them in to a trench where they will keep for several months.
- Leave faded flower heads on your hydrangeas until spring. This provides frost protection to buds further down the stems.
- Remove any yellowing leaves from your winter brassicas, then cover them over with netting to protect them from pigeons.
- Leave a shallow container of water at ground level. Wildlife other than birds need a drink!
- Now is the perfect time to prune your fruit trees! Pruning encourages quality fruit production.
- Protect poinsettias from cold draughts (they really don't like them) and allow them to dry out slightly between waterings. This should make them last all through the Christmas period and into January.