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Friday, 1 December 2017

This Month in Your Garden - December

"One kind word can warm three winter months."-  Japanese proverb

Well, ‘be prepared’ the old scout motto also comes to mind as we ready ourselves for whatever winter throws our way. A cleaned greenhouse, well-staked trees and bushes, roses and climbers tied in, the garden machinery oiled and serviced, the shed tidied. Pears and apples pruned (not those against the wall) together with vines; and root crops harvested, leeks and parsnips the heart of winter fare.

The Lawn Care Guide - December

"There's one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbour's." Clyde Moore

Well, I’m guessing you’ve hung up your boots by now as far as the lawn is concerned. If by some chance there is still one last cut to be done then you need to be leaving the grass not too short. Some length will benefit it through the winter. I was told only this morning by someone in Scotland they were looking out onto snow and for most of us, where it’s not snowing, our December lawn care will be confined to brushing away the worm casts that promote moss and weed growth and sweeping off leaves and debris that somehow manage to cling on after the autumn clean up. Lightly aerating with a fork or solid tines will help winter surface drainage if it’s not too wet so you’re prepared for when there is heavy rainfall.

Vegetable Gardening: Questions and Answers

Q. Is there anything I can plant in winter or do I have to wait for spring?