Escape the Christmas arrangements and head outdoors
Here are a few very valid reasons why you need to be outside right now and not involved with any Christmas jobs. Get some fresh air and get a clear head.
Start with some:
If you have established apple and pear trees it is a good time to prune them. Try to ensure you keep the centre of the tree fairly open as this allows air to circulate freely and helps to avoid disease.
Make sure any crossing and rubbing branches are cut out because open wounds will encourage disease. If you are unsure about how to prune, please ask for advice at any of our garden centres.
To avoid the risk of introducing disease, do not prune almond, apricot, cherry, nectarine, plum or peach trees until the spring.
Fruit and veggies
If you have any fruit in storage, check it and throw away any that show signs of rotting as this should help to stop it from spreading.
Make sure you protect cabbages and Brussels sprouts from birds by covering them with netting. Earth up winter brassicas to protect them from the wind and remove any yellow leaves.
If you have grown cabbages, celery, parsnips, swedes or winter cauliflowers they should be ready for harvesting towards the beginning of December.