Frost, wind, rain, short days and even some snow may make you feel unwilling to potter in the garden. However there are lots of gardening jobs to keep you busy.
Six things for you to do in the garden this month.
1. Ensure you keep an eye on protected plants to ensure that the winter fleece isn’t storm damaged.
2. Put a heater into your greenhouse to protect tender plants.
3. Clear the last of those fallen leaves especially off the lawn – rotting leaves will rot your grass.
4. December is a good time to plant bare root trees such as apple and pear. Ensure you dig a hole twice the depth of the root ball. Fix a new 70 mm stake into the centre, add required compost and fertiliser placing the plant into the hole and back-filling with conditioned topsoil
5. Apple trees can also be pruned now. Traditionally prune back to two buds above a fruiting spur, removing all crossing branches together with any dead or diseased growth.
6. Collect winter foliage to make your Christmas decorations and wreaths. Ensure that they are well conditioned by placing into water for a day to ensure they won’t dry out too quick.