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Winter Tasks

  1. Bullet    We decide which seeds to order for next year and then place the order in December.  Mostly we order cosmos, foxglove, primulae, hellebore and vegetable seeds.

  2. Bullet    On a nice day, in early winter, we give the lawn a final cut on a high setting and this also removes the fallen leaves.

  3. Bullet    We thoroughly clean the greenhouse to prevent pests and diseases developing. Next we apply bubble wrap to insulate. 

  4. Bullet    Most tender plants have already been brought under cover.  We put the greenhouse heater on ‘frost stat’ so that it switches on when the temperature drops below 5C.

  5. Bullet    When severe frost is forecast, we apply fleece to protect certain semi-hardy plants in the garden such as Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax)

  6. Bullet    Plant pots are sorted, cleaned and stored ready for the spring.

  7. Bullet    In the main garden areas we check for overgrown plants – some will need pruning.  The shape and size of certain plants can be seen more clearly in the winter. While trees are bare we can more easily remove dead or crowded growth. 

  8. Bullet    We prune most of the Japanese acers, conifers and small trees during the winter. We use pruning as a method of improving the shape of a plant, keeping it healthy and preventing it from getting overgrown. In general, we find that missing a pruning opportunity can be damaging to a plant or to the neighbouring plants.

  9. Bullet    Small trees are checked to ensure that stakes are firm and ties are not too tight.

  10. Bullet    We check deeply around bamboo plants and reduce clump size if necessary!

  11. Bullet    Garden tools are checked, and those not needed for the winter are stored in the dry. 

  12. Bullet    A forest bark mulch is applied to any areas of bare soil.

  13. Bullet    Especially to prevent slipperiness, we clean stone paths in late winter using a high-pressure hose to remove debris, algae and moss.