December Gardening Check List
As holiday mode take hold, enjoy relaxing evenings in the garden with a hose in one hand and a drink in the other! Show off all your hard work to friends and family while having Christmas lunch in the beautiful surroundings of your garden!
Sow your favourite seeds such as Ageratum, Cosmos, Cyclamen, Rudbeckia, Marigolds and Zinna.
Plant seedlings such as Chrysanthemum, Dianthus, Gypsophila, Portularca and Salvia.
Roses and perennials can still be planted, ensure the new plantings are well watered.
Lift spring flowering bulbs once the they leaves have died down completely and store in a cool dry place.
A layer of mulch around the base of garden shrubs will conserve moisture and protect roots from the hot sun - especially Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias.
Remove dead flowers from Roses to encourage new blooms.
Feed Roses with fertilizer and spray with Super Shield to control pests and diseases.
Water gardens in the evening or early mornings, especially plants in containers which will dry out quickly in hot or windy weather.
Fill pots with flowering annuals such as Petunias, Marigolds, Phlox or Impatiens for a bright Christmas and summer display.
Keep up watering in warm weather. Installation of an in ground watering system with a digital timer saves water and making watering easy.
Use Waterwise Water Storage Crystals in potted plants to help them survive in frequent watering while you're away on holiday. This can be added without necessarily re-potting the plants.
This is the month of rapid growth so ensure you pay attention to watering, weeding, feeding and spraying.
You can still sow seeds directly into the soil like beans, beetroot, parsnip, swedes, radish, lettuce, spinach and sweetcorn. Sow seeds every two weeks to ensure you have a continuous harvest.
Plant seedlings of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, tomato, sweetcorn, beetroot, pumpkin, courgette, capsicum, eggplant, melon, cucumber and gherkin.
Protect plants from caterpillars with Derris Dust or Organic Caterpillar control.
If Whitefly is a problem, spray with Confidor.
Courgettes and cucumbers can be protected from powdery mildew with Champ DP or Organic Copper Oxychloride.
Feed tomatoes at least once a week with fast acting liquid feed such as Seasol or Thrive. Remove laterals (side growths) on tall tomato varieties as they grow and ensure they are firmly staked. Water regularly.
Feed fruit trees for bumper crops later and water well to prevent fruit drop.
Protect pip and stone fruit trees with Champ DP or Fungus Figther to prevent fungus diseases.
Protect citrus trees with Champ DP to prevent verrucosis and leaf curl.
Apply a layer of mulch around vegetable plants to conserve soil moisture, compodt works well.
Raise the lawn mower up a level for the summer season. If you cut too short, lawns will dry out more quickly.
Water in dry weather and apply fast acting lawn food such as Plamers Lawn Fertilizer or Scott's Lawn Builder to keep lawns fresh and green. Water in well after application.