If ever there was a week on the calendar where you need to cut back the garden jobs, it’s this one! Frankly the garden and allotment are nowhere near the top of my to do list; our house is awash with wrapping paper, teacher presents, half-finished festive jobs and crazed children, and I feel like I’m clinging on by my fingernails. Yes, it’s all lovely fun stuff, but hectic nonetheless.
But surely I can reclaim 10 minutes from somewhere for some midwinter garden jobs? I can spend half that time procrastinating over which biscuit to have with my cuppa (note to self: the hob nobs. Always the hob nobs). And the peace of the outdoors sounds like heaven compared to the madness inside; finding those 10 minutes might be good for the garden but will probably save my sanity too.
Here’s what I’ll be getting on with this week, I’d love to hear what you manage to achieve too.
Tidy up climbing roses
Now is a good time to prune climbing roses. Remove any damaged growth and tie-in new shoots to their supporting structure. Older side shoots that have flowered should be cut back to about two thirds of their length.
Root Veg Harvest
Leeks and parsnips need to be dug up before the soil freezes; if you’re lucky enough to still have lots left then it’s time to make soup! You can also roast parnsips then freeze them once cooled to be re-heated when needed; this is a great way to cut down on work and oven time on Christmas Day.
Quick check on Winter protection
Take a stroll around your garden or allotment, checking that any Winter protection (such as fleece plant covers and netting) is still in place; re-secure or repair if necessary. Also check any climbing plant supports and make sure everything is secure there too. Pop some string in your pocket before you start, you’re bound to need it!
It’s a good idea to do this job regularly over Winter, especially after stormy weather.
A drink for the Christmas tree
One quick reminder for indoors – if you have a real Christmas tree don’t forget to keep watering it, this will keep it looking tip-top for longer and reduce needle drop.
Do you think you’ll be able to squeeze in some midwinter garden time this week?