Gardening Jobs in December
It’s December, and gardeners are longing for spring! The garden has gone into hibernation, and there isn’t that much going on out there. Or so it seems.
But wait, there is always something to do!
Yes, in the midst of winter, you can do some sowing: if you live in a comparatively mild climate zone, you can sow broad beans outdoors – or under cover, if weather conditions are harsher.
Frost hardy lettuces, such as lambs lettuce and Asian salad mixes, are also good winter crops.
You can get a head-start on some long season crops like chillies or aubergines. But you might need a grow-lamp to ensure they are getting enough light.
December is the perfect time to start onions from seed. Sow them indoors to give them a nice head start.
If you have a tunnel or greenhouse, you can start garlic in trays to plant out later.
Harvest your winter veggies now. Leeks and Brussels sprouts are ready now.
Any young Brassicas you might have outside are at risk to be eaten by hungry birds. Cover them with netting and remove any yellow leaves to prevent mildew and other fungal diseases.
Trees and Bushes
Prune apple and pear trees, and berry bushes, such as Black Current, Red Currents, White currents and Gooseberries.
Winter is the best time to plant bare-root trees and bushes. Think of the wildlife when you make your choice! Hawthorn, Rowan, Hazel, Elder, and Guilder Rose provide food for hungry birds.
Speaking of Wildlife…
Many animals are hibernating. They might be sleeping right under a pile of leaves or under the compost heap, so don’t disturb them until spring.
The birds are hungry all through the winter. Keep the bird feeders topped up and put out some water – they still need to drink!
Prepare for spring by building nest boxes and insect hotels.
Winter is dream time. Think of the summer to come and what you would like to harvest next year. Planning the garden early means you can sow and plant much more efficiently and harvest all year long.