An Advent Calendar With A Difference . . .
Our festive calendar has 25 garden top tips that will help you make the most of your winter wonderland!
Dec 1st – Winter Growing
Dec 2nd – Poinsettia Care
- Make sure the plant you buy hasn’t yellowed & the central flowers are still intact
- Place in a bright spot, without direct sunlight
- Ensure there are no warm or cold drafts
- Keep soil slightly moist, not too dry or too wet
- Remove any foil or wrapping, exposing your plant to the light and air
Dec 3rd – Choosing Your Tree
- Check your tree has no insects and pests
- Make sure it’s sturdy enough for your ornaments
- Ensure the needles are flexible and aren’t shedding
- Make sure it hasn’t started to fade to brown
- Ensure sure it still has a lovely fresh smell
Dec 4th – Autumn Garden Guide
Dec 5th – Take Care of Your Christmas Tree
- Position your tree away from radiators, fires & sunlight
- Trim the bottom of the trunk to open up the pores
- Water often, adding sugar to make a sap-like solution which is easier for the tree to drink
- Turn the lights off in the day to reduce drying
- Avoid containers filled with sand as they can cause the pores to block, preventing your tree from drinking
Dec 6th – Baby It’s Cold Outside!
Dec 7th – Winter Planting
Dec 8th – Grow Your Own Mistletoe
Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that absorbs nutrients from it’s host tree, without killing it. To grow your own…
- Harvest wild mistletoe seeds in March or April
- Make a small slice in a branch (commonly apple or lime trees) and place the seed from the berry under the flap
- Seal the section of branch with sacking to protect it
- Watch the branch swell as the seeds germinate (it can take a few years, but with a little luck, you’ll be kissing under the mistletoe by next Christmas)
Dec 9th – Turn Your Christmas Waste In To Compost!
There are many benefits to composting over Winter:
- You can reduce the waste you send to landfill
- Your soil will be enriched with nutrients
- Your compost pile is less likely to overheat in Winter
- The soil will retain more water
Dec 10th – Gifts for The Garden Enthusiast
The Dorset Arbour can comfortably sit Santa and Mrs Clause!
It’s perfect for enjoying snowy evenings with Elves and Reindeer and the under seat storage box is ideal for storing presents, turkeys and decorations – A great gift for any garden enthusiast this Christmas.
Dec 11th – Grow Your Own Christmas Sprouts
- In February, using a seed tray, plant 1 seed per module, 1cm deep in compost
- When your plants reach 10cm tall harden them off outside or in a cold frame
- Once acclimatised, transplant them to the ground or into a container, about 70cm apart
- Water them regularly & support them with a steak when necessary as they can grow quite tall
- Finally, Pick your sprouts in November when they’re ripe and have grown to the right size
Check out some of our Planters and Containers that are perfect for growing your own veg!
Dec 12th – Help the Winter Wildlife
Dec 13th – Make Your Garden Glow
Dec 14th – The Herb Garden
Keep your herb garden growing strong for your Christmas dinner
Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, Mint, Winter Savory, Sage, & Basil can all survive the colder months.
They also make a great addition to any Christmas dinner!
Check out our stacked herb planters
Dec 15th – Extend The Growing Season
Dec 16th – Grow Your Own Cranberries
Cranberry plants prefer acidic soil and so are best planted in a Raised Planter, filled with ericaceous soil.
Plant Your Cranberry plants from November to April, 6 inches deep.
Place in a sunny location and water frequently
Harvest before the first frost
You can store the berries for up to two months in a container in the fridge
Dec 17th – Stay Off The Frosty Grass
Normally, when you walk over your lawn the grass bends and bounces back without damage. However, when frosty, grass loses its elasticity causing blades to break instead of bend. This leaves brown spots that can remain on your lawn until spring.
Dec 18th – Tidy Away Your Garden Furniture
Dec 19th – Fighting For The Last Roast Potato?
Dec 20th – Winter Wildlife!
Look after the birds in your garden this Christmas.
Though vulnerable, wild birds can survive the cold if they have enough food – Install some bird feeders and make sure they have access to fresh water in your garden.
See our full guide on garden wildlife Here
Dec 21st – Keep Your Firewood Well Stocked
Wrap up warm & keep your firewood well stocked this Winter!
Did you know that storing firewood in the house can bring insects into your home? Keep your firewood outside in one of our log chests or log stores until you need it.
Dec 22nd – Gift Idea For Any Garden Enthusiast
Our Deep Root Planters make a great Christmas gift.
- You can grow a variety of fruit and veg in them
- They reduce bending for garden lovers who struggle with back pain
- They are raised up, protecting crops from pests
- They are suitable for any garden size at they don’t take up too much space
Dec 23rd – Make Your Christmas Wreath Last Longer
Make your wreaths last longer this Christmas by keeping them outside when possible and misting them with water as often as you can.
Dec 24th – Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer
Make your Christmas tree last longer with lots of water – Allowing it to go dry can cause an air lock in the trunk, preventing it from absorbing water again.