Gardening Tips

Tasks For Gardeners in December and January

Each month of the year has its charm and its importance for the cycles of Nature to be fulfilled. Take advantage now of the coldest and rainiest days to get organized and plan the vegetable garden, orchard and garden for the coming months.

Tasks For Gardeners in December and January


In the garden

– Prune deciduous trees and shrubs that need it, for production or ornamental reasons. This is the time to prune roses , hydrangeas, wisteria , jasmine, lilacs, deciduous azaleas, virgin vines, etc.

– Protect the most sensitive plants from frost by placing ground cover and protective structures such as thermal blankets or small greenhouses.
– Carry out cuttings from the winter pruning of roses, hydrangeas, lilacs, etc.
– Plant bulbs, rhizomes and other underground organs that will flower in spring, such as lilies, amaryllis, dahlias, gladioli, iris, ixias, hyacinths, pitchers, jonquils, four-leaf clover, among others.

In the garden

– Protect the most sensitive vegetables in frost zones with ground cover: mulching or thermal blanket or even with small greenhouses.
– Prepare the warm beds where you will sow peppers, chillies, tomatoes and aubergines.
– Plant asparagus (garras or gafas).
– Prepare the beds where you will sow and plant in the following months and incorporate plenty of organic matter.
– In the south and in areas sheltered from frost, plant potatoes of previously grilled varieties.

In the orchard

– Planting and transplanting deciduous fruit trees and shrubs.
– You can start planting strawberry trees now , but don’t forget to incorporate plenty of organic matter and protect them with straw or pine bark, as they don’t like to have their leaves in contact with the earth.
– Prune deciduous fruit trees and shrubs such as pear trees, apple trees, apricot trees , plum trees, etc.
– Carry out preventive phytosanitary treatments to combat hibernating forms, to avoid the appearance of pests in the spring.

– In areas where frost often occurs, it is advisable to protect the most sensitive plants, such as guava, passion fruit and physalis, by placing a soil cover such as straw, wood chips or pine bark.
– Carry out cuttings from winter pruning, for example blackberries, raspberries, currants, barberries.

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