Jobs for December


December is a great month to finish tidying, tackle repairs to structures, winter dig and generally plan and look forward to the coming growing season!

  • Get on with winter digging (avoid if the ground is frozen or waterlogged)
  • Spread well-rotted manure on areas that need a bit of a boost (avoid planting roots in these areas)
  • Harvest Brussels sprouts from the bottom up
  • Harvest parsnips after a hard frost, they’ll be sweeter for it
  • Plant garlic if you can work the soil, otherwise use small pots and plant out once rooted
  • Drool at seed catalogues and plan your veg planting for next year


  1. Hi Karen, Very envious of your Brussel Sprouts. Ours got attacked by cabbage butterfly caterpillars (looked line a scene from a horror movie!) and are a very sorry affair indeed. Oh well, there’s always next year! Off to peruse the seed catalogues….

  2. Sprouts are very much a disaster this year, thanks to pigeons and caterpillars. I had one good year with them, the photo in this post reminds me never to give up. Merry Christmas.

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