Tips for December 2018

December 3, 2018 10:36 am Published by

Tidy and dead head winter bedding containers regularly.

Purchase seed potatoes at the end of this month. It may seem early but tubers will store well in a cool, frost free place and can be ready for chitting from January.

Prune Acer and Betula before mid–December to avoid bleeding from cuts.

Prune free standing apple and pear trees, currants and gooseberries.

Do not prune stone fruit such as cherries until late spring to avoid silver leaf disease.

Winter digging can start now until February.

Take some time out to read through the seed catalogue and prepare your order for sending off.

Prune grapevines by mid-December to avoid bleeding sap.

Now is the time to make sure that you have drained all of the fuel out of power machinery.

Don’t be tempted to use compost left over from 2107/18, throw it on the soil. Wait until you see the stocks of brand new compost delivered to the site shop or arriving at the garden centres. Do not buy any special offers or clearance offers on old stock.