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Rooko's Decembers Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1.  If you have done the final cut of the year to your lawn, clean off the lawnmower and remember if you are using unleaded petrol it does not "keep" so drain off any fuel left in the mower before storing the mower until next year.

2. Red & white currants, Gooseberries, Autumn raspberries & outdoor grapevines can be pruned this month but not if heavy frosts are expected. Seal any pruning wounds.

3. Most summer bulbs are not Winter hardy so dig them up, remove excess soil and store them in a cool dry place indoors, ready for re-planting next year.

4. If your outdoor plant containers are too large or heavy to move to a frost free place, make sure they are insulated for the Winter. Fleece, bubble wrap or (polythene sheeting over cardboard sheets) can be used.

5. Hardwood cuttings from Currants & Gooseberries can be taken this month.

6. Order your fruit and veg catalogues now.

7. If the soil on your allotment is still reasonably dry, digging/rotavating compost or manure into it, can still be carried out this month.

8.  Think about growing "woody" plants permanently for next year and beyond, these will help extract carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

9. Keep clearing dead and decaying vegetation from gardens, lawns and allotments adding it to the compost heap.

10. Unless you are behind with your work “down the plot” enjoy your Christmas shopping and have a Merry Christmas!!!


  1. A word and phrase that don't go together in my nook 'enjoy' and 'Christmas shopping'.

    I'm about half way through pruning my gooseberries and jostaberries.

  2. Hi Sue, yep your correct about shopping I do most of my Christmas shopping online now, very festive. One gardening task I don't relish is pruning perhaps because I'm not very good at it. The plots are ready for next year hence the lack of any posts lately. It's the quietest month or so I've had over the last 5 years down the plots but I'm working on a couple of engines at the moment.

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