Festive Gardener’s Diary December

Quite often a cold, wet month with only pale sunshine. Many gardens get neglected due to pre- Christmas activity, but there are still things to do before the onset of the real winter. Weather permitting, this month is still an appropriate time to plant trees, shrubs, conifers and roses etc. It’s also an ideal time to select and plant fruit trees and bushes to provide that “real” tasting fruit in the future. Bareroot and container-grown hedging can also be planted now in well-prepared ground.

Winter Digging: Complete this task now to allow frost and rain to break up clumps of rough soil.

Fruit & Vegetables: Prune as weather permits. Don’t prune Plums and damsons during their dormant season as spores of silver leaf fungus can gain access. If it is unavoidable to cut these trees, then treat the cuts with a horticultural sealant.

Flower Garden: Herbaceous plants can still be planted, especially those grown in containers. Christmas or Lenten roses look really good now. Plant winter pansies, primrose and polyanthus to flower throughout winter and early spring.

Trees & Shrubs: Select plants for Winter colour and get an immediate effect this winter. Check stakes, ties and supports are firm to give protection against wind and gales.

Garden Birds: Continue Winter feeding. We have a massive range of feeders, roosting boxes, support poles and brackets, together with a wide selection of wild bird food.

Patio Pots: Lift them on to feet or blocks to improve drainage.

Greenhouses: Clean and disinfect greenhouses now and check heaters.

Plants Looking Good Now: pyracantha, euonymous, liquidamber, ivy, cotoneasters, berbias, conifers, ilex (holly), hellebores, pansies, violas.

Come in and see our range of Christmas trees, holly and fir wreaths, door swags and scented fir cones. We have unusual styles made from natural materials, including some illuminated items together with plant bowls, table decorations and general and seasonal giftware. For that special gift come and see our ‘Treasured Teddies’ gift selection, including some very special collector Bears along with loveable “cuddly companions”. Ideal Christmas gifts for grown-ups or children.

All of us here at Farnborough Garden Centre wish you the very best for the festive season and hope you find the time to visit before the year end.

Pete’s Top Tips
Christmas Tree Care.

1. Water FREQUENTLY indoors and choose a stand or tub that allows this – for both rooted and cut trees.
2. Cut 1 to 2 inches off the stump and insert the stump in a little water for 24 hours before taking the tree indoors.
3. Don’t take the tree indoors too soon as the dry air inside will cause trees to dry out.
4. Don’t put it close to radiators or other heat sources.
5. If planting it outdoors after Christmas, choose a potted or container-grown tree and harden it off for about 10 days in a greenhouse or garage before doing so.

Written by Pete Toms
Farnborough Garden Centre
On A423 Southam Road,
Nr Farnborough, Banbury,
OX17 1EL. Tel: 01295 690479
www.farnboroughgardencentre.co.uk

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