🌲 ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly In Your Garden 🌲



Your Essential Seasonal Outdoor Job Guide!


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Dear
Thomas,

As
Christmas
approaches, your preparations for December 25th will
more than likely be underway. If you need a break from the
decorating, wrapping and planning, why don’t you carry out some
essential end-of-year
garden
jobs!

There’s plenty that needs doing this month, so wrap up warm, get
your tools and get your garden in shape ahead of the start of the
New Year. Our Festive Jobs in Your Garden guide will give you some
inspiration.

Happy Gardening & Merry Christmas!

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1. What To
Harvest For Christmas Dinner


You may be planning your Christmas dinner by
now and chances are, brussel sprouts and parsnips will be
served up on the big day. Harvest them throughout December and keep
them refrigerated to slow decay.


Handy Tip:
 These can be harvested and enjoyed
any time between September and February, so don’t feel you
have to pick them all at once.

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2. Keep
Your Christmas Tree In Pine
Nick!


If your
looking to spruce up your house this festive period, we have a
great range of
Christmas lights
 to complement your tree and a
gorgeous range of
decorations
for your home.

Handy Tip: If you leave yours outside
before bringing it in, ensure it’s getting enough water and is

potted
. Store it away from wind and freezing
temperatures.

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3. Be Jolly
With Your Holly!


Berries are a great festive treat for the birds.
You can harvest and plant mistletoe and holly at this time of
year ready to restock for next year!


Handy Tip:
 Have a go at making your own Christmas
garlands and wreaths with holly berries, but stand them in a bucket
of water until you’re ready to use them.

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4.
Wrap & Protect


In
the coming weeks, we’ll be wrapping presents ready to put under the
tree. But your plants, trees and crops could do with some
wrapping too, in fleece! 

Handy
Tip:
Our
fleece bags
will help keep your produce warm. Salad crops such
as winter gem lettuce, celery plants and the tips of fig tree
branches all need fleecing. Keep new plants near walls and under
large trees.

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5.
Pruning



Pruning
is all about timing this month and by pruning your
acers, birchers and vines, you’ll minimise bleeding from pruning
cuts. Do make sure you get this done before the new year.

Handy Tip: Bleeding from pruning cuts isn’t
usually harmful, but letting it heal naturally is the best way.
Avoid wrapping, binding or painting cuts.

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6. Heaps Of
Composting Jobs!


There’s plenty of work to do in the
composting
department. If you’ve got an old carpet, put it over
the top of the pile to stop it becoming too wet or add a
compost duvet
to keep it warm. Keep
adding leaves
and
turn your heap
.


Handy Tip:
 Believe it or not, Quality Street wrappers
are compostable. They’re made from cellulose, from wood
pulp.

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7. Plant
Now For Christmas

A
great project to do with little ones over the festive period is to
plant mustard and cress seeds. Line a tray with wet kitchen paper
and sprinkle with seeds. Put in a polythene bag in a dark,
warm place until germination, then move to a sunny windowsill.
Water daily, harvesting once stems are 5cm
high. 
These can be harvested in two
weeks!


Handy Tip:
 Have a break from roast dinners and
e
at the leaves in egg
mayonnaise sandwiches.

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8. Tool
Check & Maintenance


December is the ideal month to do an inventory of

tools and equipment
for next year and any that you’re in need
of could be very practical late additions to your
Christmas list!


Handy Tip:
Your existing
tools
might need some TLC so, wash them down and wipe linseed
oil on wooden and metal areas to prevent
rusting.

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9. Hang On
In There!


It’s not just baubles you should be hanging
up this month – especially if you want to help our
feathered friends!


Handy Tip:
 Hanging suet fat
balls
 and
bird houses
 up in the garden and topping up bird
baths brings a great reward – in return, birds will eat your garden
pests!

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10. New
Years Resolutions


By the end
of the month, we’ll probably have decided on our New Year’s
Resolutions. So, why not make spending more time in the
garden
one of your pledges for 2020?

Handy Tip: Dig over empty borders, prepare your
soil and plan your growing for 2020 as some plants such as
Basil and Dahlias can be sown as early as
January!

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