Gardeners Tips for Winter
- Say temporary farewell to winter flowering Pansies. When the snow has gone and the temperature gets above 5C they will perform again.
- Knock snow off the tops of conifers and evergreen shrubs or the branches will bend and be set in untidy positions.
- Read more on Gardeners tips about Lawns in Winter & Winter Trees
Make frost your ally
- Remember many plants like a cold spell to help seed germination. Frost helps to develop roots on Daffodils.
- Frost will break down the clods of soil in a vegetable garden that has been dug over and left in lumps.
- Insects and pests may survive mild winters unless the frost kills or reduces their number.
RHS December Advice
- Prune open-grown apples and pears but not those trained against walls
- Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
- Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage and sprouts
- Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing
- Check that greenhouse heaters are working OK
- If you are not already an RHS member it makes a good Christmas present
Join a Plant or Garden Society
- The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
- Alpine Garden Society (AGS)
- Garden Organic the national charity for organic gardening formerly Henry Double Day Research
- Woodlands Trust
- The Pacific Bulb Society
- Plant Heritage (formerly NCCPG).
- NGS – Gardens open for charity.
- Hebe Society.
- British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society.
- Cottage Garden Society.
- British Clematis Society.