Not much happens in the raised bed garden during
December except for harvesting parsnips. But maybe this year has
inspired you to better things for next year? Ordering a new raised
bed may take your fancy though. Consult our pages on the prices and
features of various types of raised garden beds by clicking
here. It will help you
decide which one is best for your garden.
A simple task, simply grab them by the foliage near the base and
gently pull them out.
HARVEST WINTER AND CHINESE RADISH
Continue to harvest winter radish as described in our main article
on radishes by clicking
CONTAINER GROWN APPLE AND PEAR TREES
Late December through to late February is the best time to prune
container grown apple and pear trees. They are dormant at this time
of year which makes pruning easy because the branch structure is
clearly visible. Do not prune plum trees at this time of
All fruit trees in containers are
susceptible to damage by long periods of frost. So for the next
couple of months, position the containers near to a warm house wall
out of the way of strong winds.
If a strong frost is predicted then temporarily
placing the trees in a cool, airy garage for a few days will protect
them from damage and do them no harm. Don't place the trees in a
warm area inside though, this may bring the tree back to life in
mid-winter which makes them much more prone to later frost damage.
PLANT RASPBERRY CANES
Bare-rooted raspberry canes will be on sale in December and if they
are delivered they can be planted immediately if the ground is not
frozen. See our main article on
growing raspberries in
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