Grow at Home
December – frosts, as we come up to the shortest day
but it’s getting us closer to Spring
One essential job that needs to be done, even in the worst of the weather, is to browse through seed catalogues and websites planning what you will grow next year.
Avoid growing the same thing in the same patch of soil year after year, as this can lead to a build-up of pests and diseases. Even if you don’t have space for full-blown crop rotation, do what you can to ring the changes – and if you run out of space, a lot of crops can be grown in containers.
Look after any winter crops you may have – keep off hungry pigeons with netting.
Plant tulip bulbs for spring colour – in flower beds, in a gravel garden; you don’t even need a garden, as they grow very well and look good in containers:
Click the title“Plant spring bulbs” below to find out exactly how to do it.
Strawberries taste best picked straight from the plant. You can plant bare rooted plants now (from reputable suppliers on the internet), although with winter just around the corner, they could do with some protection to help them get established, either planted out under cloches or planted into containers under cover.
Alternatively, you can buy potted plants in the spring.
Find out how to grow strawberries in the garden or a container on a patio or balcony.
Broad beans can also be sown for an early crop – either directly in the soil (‘Aquadulce Claudia‘ is good for this) or in pots/modules -this avoids mice eating the seeds and allows planting out at the right spacing in early spring.
Sowing broad beans
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to see links to helpful advice & videos
Don’t forget to check on the progress of any softwood or semi-ripe cuttings you may have taken earlier.Root cuttings can also be taken now – a simple way of propagating some perennials and shrubs that are not amenable to hardwood cuttings, such as oriental poppies, Japanese anemones, verbascum …