December: top jobs

By | January 11, 2021

With Christmas nearly upon us, you may well have other things to occupy your mind. But if you’ve time to spare, there’s still stuff to do on the allotment. For detailed advice try out the National Allotment Society.

Harvest leeks, autumn and winter brassicas, and root vegetables such as parsnips and turnips. Brussels sprouts can be picked individually (from bottom up) or stand the whole plant in a bucket of water that will keep fresh for a few days, or water soil around the roots regularly.

Store crops somewhere cool, dry, frost-free, preferably dark and protect from rodents

  • Plant garlic, rhubarb and new bare-root fruit trees.
  • Prune soft fruit bushes and outdoor grape vines.
  • Dig plot adding organic material and cover.
  • Top-up compost and leaf-mould bins.