With teen green James Callicott
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
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.