Cottage garden December calendar. Thing’s to do in the cottage garden this month.
December is the month the cold weather really settles in. It’s a time
when we would rather be inside cosy and warm. While you are sitting by
the fire with your cup of tea spare a thought for what lives outside.
Your plants may need some help to keep warm or be removed to the green
house and birds, hedgehogs, frogs and all kinds of wildlife may need a
December is the month to have a good clean up of the
garden and greenhouse, check up on any stored fruit or bulbs and remove
any rotting or diseased ones.
While you are cleaning up outside
if you see a hedgehog hibernating put the leaves back on top of the
hedgehog and leave the area wild with a little shelter if you can, you
can also leave out water and cat or dog food if you have some. They are
wonderful at getting slugs and snails so make them comfortable so they
stay a round.
If you have a pond help frogs and wildlife by
melting any ice with a boiling pan of water, just put the pan on the ice
and it will melt a circle, do this a few times, and for extra measure
remove some water from under the ice layer to get air circulating below
the ice. This will keep the water in your pond from becoming stagnant
and will allow any trapped wildlife an escape route.
For more about helping birds read the Cottage Garden
If you celebrate Christmas remember your gardening friends and treat
them to a present of a gardening gift. While you are ordering plants
for next year why not treat yourself too. There must be something you
would love, something to make your cottage garden easier to work or
prettier to look at. Maybe you even want to treat the wildlife in your
Remember your plants, wish them a Merry Christmas too!
vary all over the country and your garden will have it’s own
micro climate so take that into consideration. You may need to adjust
this December calendar a little for your own cottage garden but it’s a
good place to start.
Make a note of these tasks in your calendar.
December Calendar: Flowering Cottage Plants.
- Tidy up any unruly perennial climbers and prune herbaceous perennials.
- Light prune roses if they are tall to protect form any buffeting winds. Clear the ground of any old rose leaves.
overgrown shrubs: Buddleia, Chaenomeles speciosa (Japanese quince),
Cotoneaster horizontalis, Forsythia, Lavatera olbia (mallow),
Philadelphus, Potentilla ‘Glory of Nancy‘, Salix, Spiraea trifoliate,
Syringa (lilac) and Viburnum tinus.
- Cut down or prune honeysuckle and prune wisteria
- Take root cuttings and hardwood cuttings to improve your stock.
- Keep an eye on container plants and wrap with bubble polythene or Hessian sacks to protect from frost.
- Finish planting tulip bulbs.
- Keep and eye on stored bulbs for any disease remove if you find any.
- Bring forced bulbs into a warm room.
- Improve soil between plants by adding organic compost.
December Calendar: Herbs, Vegetables, Soft Fruit and Fruit Trees.
- Harvest Time: Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, horseradish,
kale, leeks, spinach, swede, swiss chard, turnips, winter salad leaves.
garlic cloves in the greenhouse. Garlic is not traditionally a cottage
garden plant but I grow it as I love cooking with it. I recommend the
Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight for the best British garlic. Luckily
the Garlic Farm has a stall in Borough market in London or order
- Lift and divide congested clumps of Rhubarb.
- Prune apple, pear and quince trees. You don‘t have to do it all at once spread the job out over a few weeks.
- Prune gooseberry and currant plants take hardwood cutting from gooseberry.
- Cut back raspberries and summer fruit.
- Plant apples, blackberries, blackcurrants, quinces, raspberries, redcurrants. Plant out shallots if mild enough
- Check all stored fruit for any diseased or rotting fruit and remove them.
December Calendar: General Cottage Gardening Jobs.
- Check all ties and stakes to make sure the ties are not too
tight and the stakes are secure. Protect any holly that has berries from
the birds with netting if you want to use it in Christmas decorations.
- If there is snow on any branches on shrubs and trees knock it off.
- Have a general tidy up. Clean floors and pathways so that they are not slippery.
- Bring Bay leaves under cover and protect them from the cold.
- Order any plants and presents for Christmas.
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