December & January – What to do in the garden?

December & January – What to do in the garden?

 

  • Lift and divide herbaceous perennials
  • prune deciduous shrubs and fruit trees, Cut out anything that’s dead, diseased or damaged
  • Prune Rose bushes now while they are in a dormant state. Nip above the bud and remove any crossing or dead or diseased branches.
  • Plant bare root roses now and reap the benefits during the summer
  • Plant blackcurrant bushes, gooseberries and blueberry bushes on sunny sites with free-draining soil.
  • Prune back autumn-fruiting raspberries and other fruit bushes . These fruit on this year’s growth, so if you cut back the old stems, you’ll encourage new growth and better fruit output.
  •  If you want to grow something a bit different, think about planting seeds now for more options further down the line
  • If you want to grow something a bit different, think about planting seeds now for more options further down the line
  • planting seeds now for more options further down the line
  • If you have polytunnel or other under cover space, you can sow vegetables such as tomatoes, chillies, peppers and cucumbers
  • This is a great month to plant are root hedges
  • Dig in well rotted organic matter or well balanced fertiliser to prepare all for the growth that’s about to come.
  • Cutback ornamental grasses – to within a few centimetres of the ground.Cutback ornamental grasses – to within a few centimetres of the ground.
  • Now is the time to order clementis – best varieties to follow

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