Preparing for Frost – December Gardening

Garden Frost

It’s December, the temperature is already falling in many parts of the UK, but you can save those tender plants in your garden from the frost. During the UK winter the temperature frequently falls below zero during overnight frosts and this causes a lot of damage to unprotected plants.

In these conditions the plant’s cell walls become frozen, causing them to wither. Also, frozen plants may quickly defrost if the sun comes out the next day, and the rapid rate of defrosting can also cause harm. But don’t worry. There are many ways to protect your plants, and this is the time to act.

Some plants are hardier than others, for example, perennials may be able to survive winter. However, all tender plants are prone to destruction if they are not protected.

The cold winter weather has adverse effects on some garden plants such as the vegetables, beans, flower bulbs, and fruits such as apples, apricots, peaches, and strawberries.

Regarding the protection of vulnerable plants in the garden, your goal is to remove the new buds, shoots, and tender plants to a safer place.

In preparation for the frost, you must ensure your greenhouse is properly fortified against the cold weather. Then start the process of moving tender plants into the greenhouse. You will need a few more pots depending on the number of tender plants you must move away to safety.

There are other plants that can survive the winter in your garden, with some help from you. This is what you can do-

Apply mulches to the soil

Mulching will help plants and vegetables that are becoming established in your garden survive winter. Mulching enables the soil to generate heat that can keep the plant warm during winter. Please note that you should monitor the progress and reapply mulches when necessary during winter months.

Mow the grass

Grass and bush growing around your garden plants can hinder the soil from producing the needed heat energy during winter. So they have to be cleared away.

Use crop covers

There are many types of crop covers you can use to protect plants and flowers from frost. For example, you can use fleece or cloches. The fleece, which is commonly used, is a transparent film of protective material that can prevent frost from gathering beneath the plant and destroying its lower parts.

Prune dead leaves

Frost causes leaves to lose their colour and eventually wither. If you discover dead or dying, leaves they should be quickly pruned.

Fresh supply of fertilisers

Your plants need more nutrition during the winter to survive the frost.
You can also set up sprinklers to ensure your plants and their roots get enough water during this period.

With these tips, you can have a good harvest. So get started, before the weather worsens!

November Gardening Tasks

November is really a month worth to remember. It’s a month to put your garden back to its best shape and look. It’s a time to experiment and also to carve out good plans for your next year gardening. It’s a month to fall back and give more attention to your perennial plants and polish your gardening tools.

Below are Ten Gardening Tasks that will make your November a month to remember.

Lubricate your Gardening Tools

Winter comes with a harsh atmosphere and it is also unfavorable to our garden tools. You should cultivate it as a habit to regularly clean and oil your garden tools after use. This will help to increase the lifespan of your tools, therefore, saving cost to purchase new ones.

Harvest this November

coincidentally, November is also a month of harvest. Most of your vegetables and fruits may be ready for harvest. Harvest is a season of joy and rewards. Take advantage of the month.

Bedding

There are so many plants that you can grow through winter such as the Primrose, a newly discovered plants that display beautiful colors that looks like winter roses.

Relocate your tender plants

November is the best time to protect those tender plants in your garden. You can protect them by moving them to the greenhouse, it’s a noble task for the month.

Hardwood Cuttings

It’s a great time to do some hardwood cutting of those deciduous shrubs and fruits. It is not an easy one, but you will enjoy its reward of fulfillment when done.

Pruning

Pruning is a garden task that can keep you busy. Take a few hours daily to prune the fruit trees and roses. Next, use your rake and clear the fallen leaves from the lawns.

Protect your plants with netting

To increase your plant’s chances of surviving from predators such as birds during the winter, it is a good idea to cover your plants with recommended netting.

Make Your Soil Better

It’s not just about planting and harvesting, November is also a great time of the year to enrich the soil with manure to increase its efficiency for more years to come. Manure will effectively aid the growth of your winter plants.

Save the Flowers

Winter is coming and believe me it is no friend with some plants such as your beautiful flowers. Use this month to pot your plants and move them indoors. This will not just save your plants from the weather, it will also make your home look beautiful through the winter.

Plant Berries

No other month is better than the berry November to plant your berries. Berries are amazing fruits and can survive the winter.

Make your garden a wonder throughout the month of November. These gardening tasks above should put you in the right direction towards achieving this goal. These are the top ten gardening task to indulge in November.

10 Best Roses for Your Garden

best roses

Well, don’t we all just love to bask in the warm and comforting feeling of a beautiful space that radiates the best of mother nature? Nothing can beat an English garden when it comes to being at peace. Ranging from the array of beautiful flowers to the relaxing feel of the pure and natural air, there is always something to look forward to. That said, a garden is hardly perfect without the presence of a rose, and there are of course several roses to choose from. So, if you need the magical presence of roses in your garden then read on for our rundown of the best varieties.

1)    Princess Anne:

This British plant radiates perfect health. Princess Anne has a medium fragrance to it and gives your garden that pop of bold pink it deserves.

2)    Lady of Shallot:

This beauty is perfect for containers or rose hedges. It emits a medium but fantastic scent and does come in the colour orange, plus it is shaped in the form of a chalice. Opting for the lady of Shallot is sure to work some wonders in your garden.

3)    Malvern Hills:

Well, if you love gorgeous yellow coloured petals, then the Malvern Hills is for you. It’s a musk light fragrance, and the way it blooms in clusters makes it an absolute garden beautifier.

4)    James Galway

This rose is one climber you just can’t miss. It grows to its full glory in such a short time; it has a great scent, plus, it blooms in good numbers with every petal displaying amazing shades of pink.

5)    The Lady of The Lake:

This is one great rose plant whose pale pink flowers freely and repeatedly blossom all through the season of summer. Its stems are flexible and slender, and it emits an appealing fruity fragrance.

6)    Port Sunlight

If you are a lover of the apricot colour and the tea fragrance, then this beauty would be a great addition to your British garden. It displays repeated flowering and is an English shrub rose.

7)    Susan Williams-Ellis:

Isn’t there something so enchanting and pure about a white coloured English shrub rose. It possesses a strong old rose fragrance and is winter hardy. Undoubtedly perfect for your garden.

8)    Golden Celebration:

A brilliant Citrus smell emanates from these numerous petaled rose. For the best look, place this yellow coloured beauty in a mixed border where it can freely mix up with perennials.

9)    Queen of Sweden:

This rose boasts of 140 petals, a colour mix of soft pink and apricot and relatively few thorns. Just perfect and friendly fire your garden.

10)    Charlotte:

The Charlotte is one far from average British rose. Its blooms are soft yellow and face upward. What’s more, it stems have a good level of strength in them.

Overall, knowing the right roses that would get your garden to look beautiful can be effortless. Discussed above are ten options you can pick from.

October Gardening Tasks

Autumn is one of the most magical seasons. With the leaves on trees turning to a crisp gold, red and bronze, it’s just the best time to garden. As winter is closing in why don’t you try whooping up something in your garden? Gardening is known to be therapeutic but this is not its only benefit. Don’t you just love the fresh scent of a blooming flower, or the misty dew drops on it in the morning? Nature is beautiful, and gardening makes us appreciate it more. Try gardening this season, you may enjoy it more than you think. This October, there are plenty gardening tasks we need to handle and these are the top 10 on that list.

Clean up

No doubt there are loose leaves and twigs laying around in your front porch and also in your garden during this time of the year. Get a rake or a broom and get it all out. Don’t forget to pull out old stumps and dead roots in the process. It’s best to prepare and leave the soil ready for planting.

Loosening

You will need to loosen up the soil a little bit in preparation of planting. Nothing really tasking, use a digging fork or a hand shovel and till the soil a little bit. This is only to make sure that moisture deeply penetrates the soil.

Remake beds

Assuming you have not used your garden in a while or maybe you do not even have one, you will need to section out a convenient area and make beds. You can do this after loosening the soil just so you can plant in orderliness.

Compost

Feel free to add a little bit of compost to the soil. Either manure or protective covering (mulching) to really increase the soils fertility and aid plant’s growth.

Start planting

October is the ideal time for planting shrubs, trees, bulbs etc. This is to ensure that you have flowers till at least February. Remember Halloween is just around the corner so you will need to plant Pumpkins, lots of it too.

Watering

This is necessary as plants cannot survive without water. Watering twice a day in the morning and at night will make the soil hydrated enough for plant nutrients.

Pruning

When your plants start sprouting, you will need to even out their growth by pruning. Also, do not let weeds and other unwanted plants compete with them, take out weeds whenever they grow.

Transplanting

Just in case the cool winter air starts reeling in, you will need to transplant some of the flowers to a flower pot and groom them inside your home. You can leave your Pansies, Cabbage, Chrysanthemums and other flowers a lot longer, as long as you provide frost protection on those cold nights.

Watering

After transplanting, you will need to water the beds and flower pots again. This is to make sure that the soil doesn’t run out of moisture and nutrients.

Harvesting

If you planted Pumpkin, Squash, Tomatoes, Carrots, Garlic etc., feel free to harvest them when they are fully ripe. You can afford to leave out vegetables like Cabbages, Cauliflowers and Brussel Sprouts because they can still be harvested in winter. Also, wait for the Pumpkin to fully harden before harvesting it.

Gardening doesn’t only make you feel better it saves you the cost of buying certain flowers and food items. This October, get your hands dirty with these gardening tasks.

September Gardening Tasks

No matter how cool and gusty the September weather is, there are lots of useful tasks you can carry out in your garden. Whilst at this time of year it doesn’t feel like there’s much to do compared to other months, it’s the best time to survey the garden and split up surviving plants while adding more to the garden after seeing what is missing or dead.

With the soil being warm and due to the cool temperature of the atmosphere during the day, there’s very little need for watering. Instead time should be spent in getting the garden ready for the next set of flowering bulbs if it’s a flower garden or a bountiful harvest if it’s a vegetable garden.

 

September Gardening Tasks

  1. Arrange the order of your trees and shrubs; they would still grow because the soil is moist and warm. The hedges must be trimmed but only at the beginning of the month.
  2. As the weather cools, begin to split your herbaceous perennials. They can also be replanted and watered thoroughly.
  3. Collect seeds for perennials and plant, September is known for being a good time to plant such seeds because of the increased rainfall and the warmth of the soil. The faded blooms should be removed to extend the perennial performance.
  4. For vegetables, harvest them now before they are affected by the change of season, and store them for the winter.
  5. Pull out your main crop of potatoes, test to see if your sweet corns are ready by pinching them, and to produce ripe tomato fruits pinch off the plant’s cordon. Also help your pumpkins to ripen by removing shade leaves.
  6. Pick up blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, currant bushes, and blackberries as they ripen and use them or store their excesses by freezing. Check your plum, pear and apple trees for rotting fruits and have them picked before any disease spreads.
  7. Net your plants, so they don’t become meals for birds, and your ponds because of leaf falls. The long grasses under fruit trees should be mowed to spot wind fallen fruits easier.
  8. This time of the year is best for harvesting crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, celery, onions, apples, raspberries, and strawberries. They are also the best time to start planting autumn sets of onion, garlic, pumpkins, and sedum.
  9. Start the clean-up for autumn by clearing off old crops, flowers, and weeds to keep your garden clean and tidy.
  10. Start the planting of spring flowering bulbs and before that improve the soil by sowing green manure.