December gardening tips
By John Brennan, 17/12/2021
With Christmas fast approaching, your to-do list for this time of year won’t usually involve tasks in the garden. There are plenty of other festive activities that will take priority as the big day approaches - there’s presents to buy and wrap, food to stock up on, and friends and family to see. But while December is a quieter month in gardening terms and you can put your feet up to relax, there are still things that will need your attention. So why not make the most of the few daylight hours we have, escape the festive madness for an hour or two and make sure you’re all set for the new year.
Here are Yorkshire Garden’s December gardening tips for you to keep those green fingers busy:
Put your feet up and plan for next year
One of the best things about this time of year is that there’s very little to do in your garden. It’s an opportunity to give yourself a break from planting and landscaping to enjoy some quality time with the people you love. It’s also the perfect time to turn your attention to next year, reading gardening books to discover new ideas and planning what you want to do with your outdoor space when the weather picks up.
Wrap up your soil
At this time of year, there’s more than just presents to wrap. While you break out the wrapping paper, scissors and sellotape, don’t forget to wrap up your soil with equal amounts of attention and care. Any strong winds or heavy downpour will damage soil that is left exposed, washing away all the nutrients that will have built up. If you do expose any soil when moving plants, it’s best to cover it with a layer of mulch so it stays protected.
Increase the temperature of your greenhouse
As the frost starts to settle in, your plants in your greenhouse are at risk of dying. If you don’t want to rehome them inside for the winter, there are some relatively low cost steps you can take to increase the temperature in your greenhouse. Start by insulating your greenhouse with some bubble wrap - the bigger the bubbles, the better the results! You can also invest in a small heater to turn on intermittently, and with your new insulation, you’ll find you won’t have to use this as frequently. To maintain a steady temperature, it’s also important to keep your greenhouse well ventilated; open your vents periodically and remember to close them at night, so the oxygen and moisture your plants release don’t create a breeding ground for mould and mildew.
Give your Christmas tree a new lease of life
After the big day has come and gone, you’ll naturally turn your attention to taking your decorations down. Tinsel, baubles and lights will go back into the loft until next year, and you might be wondering what to do with your Christmas tree. Instead of disposing of your tree, why not give it a new lease of life by replanting it in your garden. Before replanting the tree, keep it stored in a cold sheltered area like a garage or shed for a couple of days so it can acclimatise, and then you’re good to go. It’ll become the focal point of your space and you’ll have the memories of a Christmas well spent captured in a corner of your garden.
If you’d like to speak to a member of our team about more gardening hints and tips for winter, contact us today.