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December: jobs to do

Nothing burns so well as holly wood, and during December I collect as much as I can from my mass of holly trees.

Holly is a real nuisance holly when you come to cut it down.  My cottage was covered on all sides with thick holly and you couldn’t even see the walls.  I started to cut it out, opening the house to the light, but really needed to properly deal with the roots - the result now is hundreds of pollarded stems growing out as fast as light, By the time December comes, they are an inch thick and make great sticks for the fire.

Make a wreath: the history of wreath making is older than the Romans. You don’t have to follow the folklore but a home made wreath from your own garden is a wonderful addition. All you need is a wire coat hanger, to tie your branches on. Try mahonia, firethorn, holly, sedum, anything with a bit of colour in it. I am sure they don’t do anything like scaring ghosts but they do look pretty! 

Fruit trees: of course it is time for fruit tree planting, and you can continue this through to February at least, so long as there are no leaves on the bushes / trees. We covered planting bare rooted trees in November, the only difference is that December is a bit colder.

Prepare for snow and ice: the cold weather is bad for plants in pots.  Lift them off the ground, so they transmit less of their heat to the patio. Pot feet are a good idea for this. And make sure your garden tap is well insulated too. Draw some water every day and this will keep it warm. When it snows, brush it off trees to keep the weight down, but leave it on pots, it insulated them against the cold night.




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