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Dec 2014

December is both a month for continuing to reflect on your garden and also for planting! It’s a great time to think about how your garden looked this year – what worked well and what didn’t really hit the spot.

December is both a month for continuing to reflect on your garden and also for planting! It’s a great time to think about how your garden looked this year – what worked well and what didn’t really hit the spot. Providing the ground isn’t frozen it’s still okay to lift and divide large clumps of perennials, such as Irises, Leucanthemum, Persicaria and many, many others. Use a sharp spade to split the clump into a few pieces or tease the apart if that's possible. There are no rules on how big the pieces should be, just make sure each has a growing tip and a good amount of root to allow it to establish well. Use the outer portions of the clump first, and discard the older inner portions which are often tired and less productive.

If you’ve not got round to cutting back perennial beds then it’s absolutely fine to do it now. If it seems like a mammoth task, just call in the experts from Green & Gorgeous to do it for you!

The bare root season is in full swing now, so get roses and trees planted and give them a good mulch to get them to a flying start in spring. When planting trees, take the time to really think about the position – look at it from all angles and rotate the tree to make sure you enjoy the best side from the most angles. Think about how it will grow and ultimately relate with other plants/views around it. There’s no point planting a tree and spending the next 10 years trying to keep it from invading an area you want to keep it away from.

In the kitchen garden, give your beds a really deep mulch of good farmyard manure or compost from your own compost bins. Dig or fork it in a little if the soil is dry enough, or otherwise you can do this in the spring whilst the worms start the work over the winter for you. Parsnips will be tasting even better after some hard frosts so remember to harvest and enjoy them.
Finally, sit back and enjoy the warm glow that comes from knowing you’ve done all you can until for now, and have a very Merry Christmas!
 

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