The year is coming to an end and the longest night this month heralds the slow advance towards next season. So take a bit of time to reflect on your successes and to consider what went wrong with some crops. Always remember, there are no failures in gardening, it is always down to the weather, furry things or acts of god. Allow yourself a little relaxing time around the New Year and be ready to hit the ground running in 2014.
Keep picking the brussels sprouts to ensure the sprouts don’t blow open. Also harvest winter cabbage regularly although, depending on variety, they can remain in soil for months. In reasonable weather, parsnips and leeks can be left in the ground to be lifted as needed.
If a prolonged cold or wet spell is forecast you can lift leeks and parsnips to be used at a later date. Store them in a container of old compost or soil. Cabbages and even sprouts can be lifted with their roots in a soil ball and stored in shed or greenhouse. Don’t forget to water the soil occasionally.
Sowing and Planting
There isn’t anything to sow in garden this month except onion seed. This should be sown in trays or pots in gentle heat towards the end of the year. Treat yourself for once and spend some dream time looking through the pages of the seeds catalogue. Post your order ASAP.
Check over all your tools in the shed to make sure that they are safe and fit to use next season. Clean metal and wipe down all wooden handles with linseed oil. This preserves the wood and also makes it more comfortable on the hands.