Haddenham Garden Centre, between Thame and Aylesbury
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This is a good time to clean old pots, seed trays & even your greenhouse. Thorough cleaning (using Citrox) will reduce pest & disease problems, it will also reduce any propagation issues you may face.
- Prune apple & pear trees.
- Keep putting food & water out for hungry birds.
- Dig over vacant plots of land that have not already been dug.
- Sow seeds of Begonia, Lobelia, Salvia & Pelargoniums in a heated greenhouse or propagator.
- Sweet Peas can be sown this month.
- Cut off old leaves of Hellebores.
- Rake up any winter debris & leaves off your borders.
- Inspect any stored tubers such as Dahlia’s for signs of drying out.
- Bare-root hedging can still be planted this month.
- Check tree ties & tree stakes on established plants this month. Replace, tighten or slacken them where necessary.
- Use mulch (applied thickly) to prevent roots from being frosted on newly planted trees & shrubs.
- Put rabbit guards around newly planted trees & shrubs to protect bark from rabbit damage.
- Repair lawn edges, especially around flower & shrub borders.
- Mole activity will increase during January & February due to mating. Remove large hills & re-firm before overseeding in Spring.
- Place floats on the surface of your pond to prevent freezing.
- Rake out fallen leaves from your pond.
- In dry spells, you can treat timber structures, including garden furniture with wood preservatives or stain. (We recommend Ronseal products for all your needs)
- Put lagging around outdoor taps.
- Take action to remove algae from paths. (We recommend Patio Magic)
- Water houseplants sparingly. (most prefer to be barely moist in winter)
- Keep indoor azaleas cool & well watered. (water with rain water not tap water.)
- If it snows remove the snow from the branches of conifers, climbing plants & light limbed shrubs to prevent splitting & other damage.
We currently have a number of job vacancies, please see our Job Vacancies Page for details
- Plant Area Assistant
- eCommerce Assistant
- Warehouse Operative
- Outdoor Living & Landscaping Department Head
- You can move established deciduous trees & shrubs now, providing the ground is not frozen or soggy.
- Continue to plant bare root deciduous hedging plants.
- Put rabbit guards (tree guards) around newly planted trees & shrubs.
- Check your greenhouse heater is working.
- Insulate outdoor taps.
- Prevent your garden pond from freezing.
- Prune open ground apples & pears (but not those trained against a wall).
- Prune Acers, birches & vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding. (Use seal & heal to help healing process)
- Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts & remaining root crops.
- Reduce watering of houseplants.
- Clear up weedy beds ready for Spring mulching.
- Ensure your tender plants are fleeced for winter protection.
- Finish your Autumn tidy–up of leaves etc from beds & borders if you haven’t done so already.
- Raise patio containers onto feet to avoid them sitting in the winter wet.
- Large pots that are at risk of cracking in the frost should be covered with bubble wrap or fleece, to insulate them over the winter months.
- Bring tender plants & tubs into your greenhouse during December.
- Continue to remove fallen leaves from your lawn.
- Re-cut lawn edges to crisp up the appearance of the garden & save work next season.
- Avoid walking on your lawn on frosty mornings as it will damage the grass.
- Remove algae from paths if they have become slippery – we recommend Patio Magic.
- Prevent premature needle drop on your Christmas tree by choosing a Nordmann Pine, these hold their needles longer. Avoid placing your tree near a heat source i.e fire, radiator. Cut trees last longer if stood in a bucket of water or a stand with a reservoir. (check it has fresh water regularly). Saw 5-7.5cm (2-3”) off the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to drink freely.
- Insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap.
- Invest in a max/min thermometer to monitor the temperature in your greenhouse.
- Put mowers & hedge trimmers away for winter. Drain any fuel left in machinery.
The grotto will be open every weekend up to and including Sunday 18th December from 11am – 4pm
We have started to set up our Christmas displays, lots of lovely products out already!