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Monday 1 December 2014

This Month in your Garden – December

How is your own journal looking?

When the Gardener’s Journal first started, the suggestion was to use it as a handy reference to building a journal of your own garden. Keeping a planner and reference book on the way the garden has developed will help you progress your individual design and planting.

Equally, if you’re starting afresh, perhaps with a recent move to a new house and you simply haven’t had time with all that DIY or self building you have been doing, December offers a moment to contemplate and start jotting down ideas. Which plants where? Which way does the garden face? Where are the hot spots and the shady corners?

If you have been gardening for a while you have probably introduced autumn and winter colour to enjoy now and through to spring. With a gardening year ahead there’s time to plan your planting programme season by season, month by month.

As any gardener knows, not everything works every time. There will be some plantings that don’t work or don’t even appear but a general scheme and notes, even if it’s just in an old exercise book, gives you a guide for next year and beyond. Weather permitting, a stroll round the garden, no matter how large or small, to consider how you want it looking goes hand in hand with those tasks of mending fences, clearing up the greenhouse and the last pruning of roses, fruit trees and bushes. Now wouldn’t a couple of good gardening books and a plant encyclopaedia make ideal Christmas presents?    

  • Greenhouse cleaning to be done
  • Cut back late chrysanthemums
  • Stop sweet peas by pinching out the tips
  • Prune deciduous trees
  • Plan for next year’s winter colour

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