Top 10 jobs this month (source: RHS)
- Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
- Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days
- Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
- Repair and re-shape lawn edges
- Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out
- Prune apple and pear trees
- Start forcing rhubarb
- Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
- Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
- Prepare a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect them from peach leaf curl
You can also start buying seeds, onion sets, garlic and seed potatoes, which are all in stock now, for your 2012 veg plot. If you don’t have space for a large vegetable bed you could think about getting a Veg Trugs or patio pots to grow vegetables in. Even potatoes can be grown in potato bags or pots.
If you live in the Colchester Council borough you can cut up your Christmas tree and leave it in your garden waste bags. Colchester Zoo are collecting untreated Christmas trees for use in their animal enclosures. Check with them for further details.