Gardening Calendar December 2020
This months GardenAdvice gardening calendar focuses creating spring colour for next season.
Mid February is a good time to plan for some additional summer colour and scent in your garden
Simply starting a few seeds from sweet peas and night scented stock on a windowsill will result in loads of additional colour and scent in your garden on those long lazy summer evenings in July when you get to sit back and enjoy your garden. If you are a GardenAdvice MyGardenTeam members we have some free sweet pea and night scented stoke seeds for you just drop us an email and we will post the seeds out to you with full instructions on how to get them started.
Slippy patios and algae growth on patio can an annual problem but the GardenAdvice team have a few hints and tips to help you solve the problem
Spot treatment for weeds such as bindweed and couch grass that grow in your garden shrubs and perennials. February is a good time start to treat the problem with some focuses treatments with a weed killer. The GardenAdvice Team explain how
Protect your garden from unwanted intruders. With the use of clever planting using some specialist plants you can make your garden move secure
Organic soil is best by natural design. The best soils take work to maintain and improve, imaging a soil as a living thing it need to be feed, cared for and developed. The GardenAdvice team explain how to care for and develop your soil
- Dividing plants Another seasonal job is dividing your plants such as Day lilies and other perennial plants such as hostas. If you are not sure what you can or cannot divide just drop us a line at the GardenAdvice free advice servicehttps://gardenadvice.co.uk/advisor/freeadvice/index.html
- Cold soil is going to be a real problem when it comes to spring vegetable sowing with all the rain we are having wet cold soil is going to be a real pain when it comes to sowing the first vegetable seeds. The constant rain will have cooled the soil down to such a degree that it will take more spring sunshine to get seeds germinating. Four methods to overcome this are as follow
* sow your seeds as far as possible indoors to product small plants not always possible with plants such as carrots but with lettuce and other such salad crop the cold conditions can be over come. Sow in trays and prick out into small pots.
* Use cloches and black plastic - Both cloches and laying black plastics on the growing a few weeks before sowing will have the effect of warming the soil for better germination and stronger plants.
* Spent mushroom compost - adding spent mushroom compost to your soil has the effect of helping to dry up the soil in the case of creating a seed bed making sowing easier and warms up the soil.
* light forking - with all the rain the soil structure will have taken a beating a light forking will help get air into the soil and help restore the soils structure.
Mild wet winter - If the weather continues to be wet and mild then the next problem that will be facing gardeners is fungal and disease damage to your plants especially the softer leaved plants. The best organic cure is to apply a sulfur powder to the infected part of your plants. If you have wrapped up your plants with fleece for the winter such as tree ferns or tender plants its worth paying them some special attention as often the fleece sheets or bags hold the moisture against the plant and in wet mild winter cause mildews to form which damages the plants. If possible on a few milder days remove the fleece just for the day this will allow the plant to dry out and treat any infected areas with sulfur powder
Glasshouse - One of the most important elements of growing and plants or crops in a glasshouse is you start clean and disease free. Which means giving your glasshouse a good clean both inside and outside with a disinfectant such as jeyes fluid and using some sulfur candles when you have finished to kill at the over wintering pests and disease which hide themselves in the glasshouse staging and framework
Colourful summer gardens are all about planning – and that’s especially the case with summer bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes such as Lilies, Gladioli, Dahlias, Cannas and Zantedeschias (Calla Lilies). Now is the time to start thinking about planning your summer colour schemes and also pre-ordering your bulbs so you get the best stock available as soon as possible. Bulbs are delivered from March onwards so you’ll receive them at the right planting time. It is important to remember that most summer-flowering bulbs do not tolerate frost so if you have to store them, even for short period of time, do take appropriate measures to protect them from late frost. For summer colours inspiration, visit the GardenAdvice recommended expert supplier of Bulbs, corms and tubers at bulbsandbeyond.com
Your bulbs will be delivered to your doorstep direct from Holland so you’ll know they have been stored and treated professionally when you receive them at the right planting time. All you have to do is plant and enjoy them!
If you are a MyGardenTeam member ask your GardenAdvice expert gardener to come up with a few suggestions on summer bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes to add some colour to you garden this summer.