December Gardening Tips
December can be a cold time in the garden. Wind can damage plants, so make sure climbers are tethered and trees are staked to help protect them. Make sure that tree ties and guards are secure, but are not rubbing, digging in or damaging the plants.
Some plants will require protection from frosts. They can be wrapped in bubble wrap, fleece or hessian for the cold period. Even in an unheated greenhouse you will need to protect some plants in this way. Frost protection 'jackets' are available to pop over plants to make this job easier.
Feed the birds! They will be getting hungry as food sources disappear. Keep feeding stations and water dishes clear of frost and clean. There is a wide variety of feed and fat balls available for all wild birds.
Remember as you are clearing your garden that there will still be creatures hibernating. Try not to disturb any you find sheltering from the cold.
A warm windowsill can still be used to grow some plants over winter - small salad crops and herbs can be kept in this way.
Enjoy keeping warm and planning for the next season, just around the corner................