Garden Diary December
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The Lawn

Cut if necessary, but not too close

Vegetables

Cover celery with straw or sacking to protect from frost.
Lift and use parsnips
Check clamps, and throw out any diseased or rotting vegetables
Dig where necessary and check drainage.

Fruit

Continue checking stored fruit.
Tar oil winter wash or DNOC wash fruit trees not done in November.
Spray with winter wash all established fruit trees.

Finish pruning and new planting.
Thin spurs of old apples and pears.

Shrubs

Plant trees and shrubs whenever the weather is mild and dry.
Winter pruning and removal of dead or badly placed wood should be completed.

Flowers

Protect delphinium, lupin etc., against slugs using bait.

Indoors

Reduce watering and keep moist plants away from frost but in as much light as possible.
Make up loam and compost for spring use.

General

Have maintenance done on garden tools and machinery.
Clean out stores and tool shed.


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