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A Plot for a Planter ?

14 – 20 December 2015
Flowers checklist

It’s time to…

Make last-minute pickings of fresh flowers for the house

Spread compost on to flower beds for worms to work in over winter

Collect fallen leaves showing signs of blackspot from around roses

Fork compost into borders, but take care not to spike emerging bulbs

Deadhead pansies regularly

Plant lily-of-the-valley

Tie string or wire around conifers and yew to prevent heavy snow damaging branches

Fill empty containers with winter heathers and trailing ivy

Firm soil around roses loosened by storms

Replace wobbly tree stakes and worn plant ties

Fruit & veg checklist

It’s time to…

Net crops to protect them from pigeons

Earmark your best sprouts for the Christmas table and give them last-minute protection if windy

Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes

Get ready for planting asparagus in spring, removing weeds and digging over the soi, and adding compost

Order onion sets and seed potatoes

Plant new fruit trees, bushes and cane fruits

Start to plan next year’s crop rotation

Prune large fruit trees to control their shape and size, and to increase productivity

Cut out about a quarter of the oldest stems from currant bushes

Lift and divide congested clumps of rhubarb, replanting into soil enriched with well-rotted manure

Greenhouse checklist

It’s time to…

Water azaleas regularly with rainwater

Take the last chance to bring on forced indoor bulbs for festive decorations

Water potted fuchsias sparingly to prevent the compost drying out completely

Tidy the greenhouse and pick faded leaves from pelargoniums and other plants

Bring potted strawberries under cover to encourage earlier fruiting

Order seeds and make a sowing plan for greenhouse crops and bedding plants

Check heaters are working efficiently and top up paraffin if necessary

Pinch out the tips of autumn-sown sweet peas to promote bushier growth

Bring pots or glasses of prepared hyacinths indoors to flower

Protect potted peach trees from winter rain and peach leaf curl by bringing under cover

Around the garden checklist

It’s time to…

Work off Christmas excesses by digging over bare areas of ground

Place cloches over tender plants to give them extra protection from frost

Sharpen blades on hoes, secateurs and other garden tools, and wipe with an oily rag before storing away

Do a final collection of any autumn leaves still lying around

Search through seed and bulb catalogues for new things to grow this coming season

Repair wobbly or damaged fences and treat wooden structures with preservative

Put out fresh water for birds every day in frosty weather

Wrap pots with sacking or insulating material to protect the roots of plants

Make last-minute stocking fillers from collected seedheads saved into pretty envelopes

Pick evergreen foliage for indoor decorations, storing in water in a porch or shed before bringing into the house on Christmas Eve

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