Friday, June 22, 2018

28 Nov

Christmas Garden Tasks!

Give your garden a Christmas treat each by keeping up maintenance throughout November and December. This will limit the jobs you need to do in the spring and make you feel relaxed and prepared over the holiday period!

Harvest your Vegetables to Add a Home Grown Flavour to your Christmas Feast!

Parsnips taste better after the first frosts. Dig them up now and roast them with honey and mustard for Christmas dinner! Tomatoes are unlikely to ripen further, so why not make green tomato chutney, perfect for eating on Christmas day, and even as presents for your friends and family!

Create beautiful decorations!

Don’t let your garden berries, pine cones, dried seed heads and flowers go to waste. Look out for next week’s blog post on how to make Christmas decorations from what your garden has to offer! It’s the perfect way to reap the benefits of your garden this time of year and the whole family can get involved!

Don’t forget about your garden birds!

You may not find a partridge in a pear tree or two turtle doves in your garden but you will find common garden birds that need your help! Birdsfind it hard to survive now summer’s fruits and berries are a thing of the past, they rely on the food and shelter you give them to last the winter. Fill up bird feeders, clean out bird houses, giving them a good scrub as you go. Top up bird baths with fresh water, it really makes all the difference this time of year.

Make Interesting Winter Displays!

There can’t be anything more appropriate to add to your garden this time of year than the Hellebore Christmas Rose. Hellebore flowers will make a beautiful addition to any garden particularly at this time of year and you only have a few days left to order. Try not to remove any ferns or grass  from your garden, they look as good gleaming with frost as they do when in bloom. Mix these plants with holly for a truly festive display.

Protect your Pond Wildlife!

Old plants and icy water can cause problems in your pond this time of year. Float a tennis ball, or similar object on the surface of your pond to ensure it doesn’t completely freeze over. Pond wildlife can be harmed by old plants and garden foliage that’s found it’s way into the water, so grab a net and clean it out!

Take a Look at those Seed Catalogues!

Time to get planning! Draw out a plan of your flower beds and veg plotsand order the right seeds in the right quantity. Have a look at any seeds you may have left over, if you fancy something a little different next year, why not trade seeds with a neighbour- it’s the perfect way to make sure your seeds don’t go to waste.

Clean Inside and Out!

Clean your greenhouse inside and out! Your greenhouse may be looking bare at this time of year. What a perfect chance to wrap up warm and spend a few hours cleaning. Clear out any dead or dying plants, scrub the glass inside and out and generally give it a good tidying up. Trim those lawn edges, and try and keep back the weeds and ivy- it will make your spring jobs a whole lot easier.

Prepare your Soil!

Enrich your soil with compost, manure or free organic matter. Make sure your bare patches of soil are covered in the winter; mulch is the best option but don’t fret if you don’t have any, black polythene bags will keep the soil warm and kill weeds.

Something New for 2013!

It’s your chance to get creative! Re-design any parts of your garden that need a bit of a make-over (or the whole thing if you like!) It’s the perfect time to sit next to a roaring fire and sketch out those areas of your garden you feel need a little something extra. Look in magazines or on the internet for especially inspiring gardens!

Once all the jobs are done, sit back and relax this festive season knowing that you are prepared and ready for whatever 2011 may bring to your garden!


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