What to do in now in December – 2

Jobs to do………in December

  • Continue to add vegetation to the compost heap or bean trench
  • Check netting over brassicas
  • Continue to check over crops that you have stored from previous months
  • Cover late crop vegetables that are not winter hardy such as salads and oriental leaves
  • Continue to hoe all weeds where possible
  • Dig over the soil if the weather allows and add a thick layer of well rotted manure
  • If you haven’t already done so, dig trenches for next spring
  • Give the greenhouse a good clean
  • Insulate the greenhouse with bubble wrap if you have crops in there
  • Scrub pots and seed trays
  • Lime your soil if needed
  • Order seeds and plant plugs ready for next year
  • Prune fruit trees such as pears and apples
  • Prune blackcurrant bushes and take hard wood cuttings
  • cut Autumn fruiting raspberries down to soil level
  • Plant garlic cloves if not already done so
  • Harvest any remaining herbs to dry and store
  • Construct a new compost bin if you have the time and space
  • Don’t forget to feed the birds
  • Order seed potatoes
  • Pinch out the tips of Autumn planted sweet peas to encourage bushy growth

What to sow………Indoors

  • Winter salads
  • Summer Cabbages
  • Summer Cauliflowers
  • Onion seeds for giant varieties
  • Parsley (curly leafed)

What to sow………Outdoors

  • Garlic
  • Autumn onion sets and shallots

What to plant………in December

  • Winter salad crops – protected by some sort of cloche
  • Plant rhubarb sets
  • Fruit bushes are best planted now
  • Bare root container-grown trees

Crops in season now

Broccoli (Sprouting)
Brussels sprouts (tops)
Kohl Rabi
Jerusalem Artichokes
Swiss chard
Winter Radish

Above all, have a well earned rest and enjoy the Christmas holiday period!

Happy diggin’


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6 Responses to What to do in now in December – 2

  1. MrsYub says:

    Nice one!This is very similar to what I did last winter. I didn’t do Jerusalem Artichokes, and I had broccoli growing already, but I do not have any growing this time, so this will help me remember 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Debb this sounds like a very busy month ahead of you. All this to fit in around your Christmas shopping??

    • Hi Jean
      Christmas shopping is all done online! I neither have the time or the patience to face the crowds of people around the shopping centres. I like the fact that I can order my goods online in the comfort of my own home and have them delivered at a time that suits me.

  3. Amy Willis says:

    Great list… I’ll be checking these ones off over the next few weeks!

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