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With teen green James Cal­li­cott

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

AVING picked on my friend Laura in my pre­vi­ous two ar­ti­cles thought would re­sist the temp­ta­tion to make it a hat-trick and talk about some­thing more top­i­cal...like Christ­mas.

Christ­mas? But that’s two months away hear you say. Why do you want to talk about that now? Well here’s why...

Christ­mas has been on my mind for quite some time now. One of the down­sides of work­ing for a coun­cil is that your sea­sons start to be­come dis­torted and so although it may be vely sum­mer af­ter­noon you are ady plan­ning the Christ­mas nts and dec­o­ra­tions. Although most peo­ple have been nk­ing about Hal­loween and on­fire Night I am think­ing about anuary and the snow that we may get.

Christ­mas is a great time filled with friends, fam­ily and food. How­ever it is easy to for­get your ar­den.

have to ad­mit that given the ice would rather be inside by a e warm fire with a good book in hand than out in the freez­ing d strug­gling to prune my roses a bit of work now will pay div­i­dends come the new year and means that you can re­lax more over the fes­tive sea­son.

The first thing do now is have a re­ally good tidy up and fin­ish off those last few jobs that you have started but not fin­ished.

IIIIIIThe grass is still grow­ing and will be for some time, with tem­per­a­tures as high as they are and the fore­cast mix of rain and sun, can for see it need­ing at least one (maybe two) cuts in Novem­ber. There is still time to plant the last of your spring bulbs and sum­mer bed­ding be­fore the ground freezes. It also well worth start­ing to think about your pots and ten­der plants and mak­ing sure that you have ev­ery­thing you need for when win­ter strikes.

It is tempt­ing to think that just be­cause its sunny and 15 de­grees that you have time.... but this is Eng­land and there is as much chance of De­cem­ber be­ing wet as there is of it be­ing the snowiest

IChrist­mas ever.

As we move closer to the fes­tive sea­son it is worth keep­ing half an eye on your gar­den in be­tween the mince pies and mulled wine. Leaves will still ap­pear from nowhere and cover your lawn while snow, rain and high winds can dam­age shrubs and hedges.

It’s well worth check­ing any fruit that you have stored away as it will be tempt­ing to mice while birches, ac­ers and vines should be pruned be­fore Christ­mas to avoid bleed­ing come the sap ris­ing in spring.

Another common cause of frus­tra­tion to the gar­dener with a green­house is heat­ing, or the lack of it when some­thing goes wrong.

Check that oc­ca­sion­ally along with any struc­tures you may have pro­tect­ing fruit crops or the last of your win­ter vegetables.

And apart from plan­ning for 2015 the fi­nal thing to do over Christ­mas is en­joy. En­joy your handy work and the neat­ness, know­ing that come spring and win­ter, your shrubs will re­ward all your hard work with an ex­cel­lent dis­play of fo­liage and flow­ers.

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