Incredibly December has arrived once more, and so soon after the last one! The short, wet and cold days mean that December is not a great month for gardening. It is however perfect for sorting through any leftover seed packets and ordering more for 2017. Why not try some exciting new varieties or do the opposite and select from our heritage range? Whilst you are inside in the warmth do please spare a thought for your garden birds and keep them well-stocked with food and fresh water. They’re worth it!
Make the most of any dry days by tackling some of the following tasks:
- Cut autumn raspberries back to ground level.
- Have you ordered your seed potatoes yet? If not, then look at our range and place your order whilst there’s still a good selection of varieties available.
- Plant out bare root shrubs, roses and trees.
- If you have been forcing bulbs for an indoor display then now is the time to bring them inside to a well-lit, cool spot.
- Parsnips and Brussels will have been frosted by now and so will be perfect for your Christmas lunch.
- Keep raking up any remaining fallen leaves and bag them to make leaf mould.
- It’s too late to prune plum trees but your apple trees will appreciate a tidy-up.
Sweet-sour cranberries are the jewel coloured fruits that are easy to grow and come into their own when brought to the festive table.
The plants are hardy, suitable for containers and borders and will be smothered in pink flowers prior to the tart yet tasty berries forming. When grown commercially the fields are flooded at harvest time. This loosens the berries from the bushes and they are then scooped up once they’ve floated to the surface. The good news is that if you have just a few bushes then you won’t need to flood your garden! Just pick the berries or leave them for attractive bright colour during the winter months.
Cranberries are full of natural preservative and so will store in the fridge for a couple of months or can be frozen or dried. They are a very versatile ingredient and it’s a shame to restrict them to cranberry sauce to accompany the Christmas turkey. Cranberries work well in mincemeat, biscuits, pies and cheesecakes plus jellies and sorbets.
Flavours that work particularly well with cranberries are:
Christmas Gifts for Gardeners
Visit our website for a wide range of gifts for the gardener in your life. What can be better than selecting gifts from the warmth of your home and having them delivered to your door? You’d better be quick though – the last order date for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery is 12th December.
If you are stuck for an idea and want to allow the lucky person to choose their own gift, then how about a Dobies Gift voucher? Choose from our two brand new gift cards and personalise them with your own message.
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