The Fruit Garden in December

The Vegetable Patch in December
Other Gardening Jobs in December

Cover rhubarb with forcing pots
Towards the end of December, cover your rhubarb crown with a forcing pot or tall bucket. This will give you some lovely tender rhubarb shoots early next year.

Plant fruit trees and soft fruit bushes
As long as the ground isn’t frozen, you can still plant fruit trees and fruit bushes. These are best planted whilst they are dormant. Most will be delivered as bare-root plants.

Planting strawberry runnersPlant strawberry runners
Bare-root strawberry runners can be planted in pots or in a strawberry bed, ready for next year.

Cut down autumn fruiting raspberry canes
All autumn fruiting raspberries canes should be cut down to about 3cm (1in) above soil level. Either burn or remove the cuttings from your garden to avoid pests and diseases.

Check all support systems
It’s worth having a good look over all your stakes and support systems and replacing any that are damaged. Tighten any wires that are sagging.

Prune and mulch blueberries
Cut down some of the old growth after leaf-fall to encourage new shoots in the spring. Use some of your Christmas tree clippings to provide an acidic mulch.

Prune blackcurrants and redcurrants
Both blackcurrant pruning and redcurrant pruning should take place when the plants are dormant during winter.

Take hardwood cuttings of blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries
Choose this years growth, and make a straight cut below a bud at the base, and an angled cut above a bud at the top. Cuttings should be 20cm (8in) long for blackcurrants and 30cm (12in) long for redcurrants and gooseberries. Insert the cuttings directly into soil or into a pot filled with cuttings compost.

Prune apple and pear trees
Prune while the trees are dormant. Don’t leave it too late as pear trees in particular start growing again very early in the season.



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