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WILL
HART’S GARDENING DIARY

 

DECEMBER

 


FRUIT

 

Prune
gooseberries, redcurrants and white currants now by reducing the main
leaders by half and side shoots to 2″ (5cm). 

 

Prune
to ground level autumn fruiting raspberries. 

 

Plant
fruit trees and bushes into well prepared ground.

Prune
apples and pears in frost free periods. 

 

Blackcurrants,
prune out any material infested with Big Bud Mite, and destroy. 

 

Fruit
trees that arrive and cannot be planted directly should be heeled in, in
a sheltered spot at a 45 degree angle away from the wind.

 


VEGETABLES

 

Dig
over ground i.e. vegetable plots, and incorporate plenty of well rotted
compost, allow the frost to break the soil down.

 

Lift
and divide overgrown crowns of rhubarb.

 

Mature
rhubarb crowns can be covered with a forcing pot.

 


LAWNS

 

Remove
fallen leaves and debris off the lawn.

 

Turf
can be laid if weather mild and dry.

 

Do
not walk on frost covered lawns.

 

In
mild periods the lawn will continue to grow, mowing may be required, cut
with the blades set high, so just to top.

 

Service
mower and sharpen tools ready for spring.

 


GARDEN 

 

Rake
up and dispose of all rose leaves infected with black spot, rust, or
mildew

 

Plant
bare rooted rose bushes from now until the end of February.

 

To
prevent freezing all outside taps should be insulated with lagging. 

 

Lift
and divide overgrown crowns of rhubarb.  

 

Watering
under glass should be carried out during the morning so have time to dry
out before night.

 


GARDENING DIARY BY
MONTH


Gardening in January

Gardening in February
Gardening in March
Gardening in April
Gardening in May
Gardening in June
Gardening in July
Gardening in August
Gardening in September
Gardening in October
Gardening in November

 

The above helpful advice
has been reproduced by kind permission of Will Hart, whose experience
includes working for Blackburn Rovers FC (as a groundsman at their
Training Ground, Academy and Ewood Park), for the Sultan of Oman (at his
French residence in Fontainebleau, south of Paris) at the 1999 Martell
Grand National at Aintree and for a variety of different sized local
gardens and estates.  Impressive credentials I am sure you will agree!


 

 

 

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