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20 December 2016

Winter Gardening - What to Plant in December

Who says that gardening can’t be a year-round hobby? Sure, the ground may get a little frosty and somewhat solid when temperatures drop in winter, but there are plenty of hardy little plants that are perfectly well suited to such climates, and can even be planted anew well into December. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Flowers for the Greenhouse / Indoors

At this time of year, flowers for outdoor planting are few and far between, but you can still add a dose of vibrancy to your home by planting a few select choices indoors or in a greenhouse. Antirrhinums (or ‘snapdragons’) for example, can be planted now in a relatively cool greenhouse for early summer flowering; Laurentia is also a good option for greenhouse gardening.

Sans greenhouse, you can sow begonias and/or geraniums now to give them a decent head start on the season; whilst some plants, such as cyclamen, are better suited to the cooler temperatures and as such should be planted any time between now and March to ensure the best growth.

Fruit & Veg for the Greenhouse / Indoors

Vegetables tend to be a bit more resilient than fragile flowers, and as such you have decidedly more options on what to plant. Certain herbs, including basil, dill, chives and parsley, can be grown over winter on the windowsill without issue, while salad leaves such as ‘Winter Gem’ and ‘Arctic King’ lettuces can be grown under cover throughout the season.

You should also sow exhibition onion seeds around now to give them ample time to grow.

Fruit & Veg for Sowing / Planting Outdoors

‘Aquadulce Claudia’ broad beans, while best suited to autumn planting, can also be directly sown outdoors in December without affecting their ability to ‘overwinter’.

Other good options for outdoor planting include mushroom logs for those so inclined; although a less popular choice, mushrooms are great survivors and require little maintenance over winter to ensure successful growth.

For something a little fruitier, raspberry canes and blackberries can be planted from now up until spring, strawberry plants and rhubarb crowns can also be planted, so long as the soil is well-prepared and of high-quality. Blueberry plants will flourish in acidic soil, while gooseberries and currants are perfectly suited to winter gardening.

Sam Bonson

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