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Gardening Diary December


Gardening Diary December

December - an overview

RobimCool dry days when the ground is not wet are good times to dig over the soil and fork through removing any perennial weeds, making sure the roots are all removed to prevent re-growth. Any manure can be dug in when digging, or placed on surface of the soil to work its way in over the winter months.
Leeks in snow
Winter vegetables such as Leek will stand in the ground over winter with little trouble; if cold weather is forecast make sure you pick enough as they will be impossible to remove if the ground is frozen. Check sprouts and cabbage are not being damaged by pests, remove any dying leaves and compost them.

Autumn raspberry canesFruit bushes can be pruned; currant bushes need one third of their growth taking out. Raspberry canes; the old wood needs removing and the new season's growth tying in. Autumn raspberries need cutting right back as they fruit on the new seasons growth. Sort out the pruned wood and any pieces that are about 3ft tall with stout branches save for using as pea stick support.

This is a good time to plant fruit. Bare rooted stock which is cheaper than container grown plants can be heeled in, photo left is Autumn raspberry canes.

Potatoes ChittingCheck any stored vegetables to see they are still in good condition.
Now is a good time to order seeds. Seed potatoes can be put in egg boxes, the "eyes" uppermost in a cool place near to a north facing window to chit; the aim is to have small shoots growing.

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If you have any advice or tips about gardening relating to this month contact us and if suitable will add to the page - please local to Haworth and the surrounding area only.




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