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December Fruit Calendar

List of jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in December

 

Grease Band on Tree

Below is a list of essential jobs to do in the fruit garden in December.

 

Because the defaults for this website are set for the UK, as well as monthly 'jobs to do calendars', we have also included seasonal calendars, so all visitors can choose the appropriate season for their location.

 

You may also wish to check our resources page where you can find more detailed articles explaining how to do specific jobs such as pruning, sowing and ground preparation.

   

 

Go to:-  Main Calendars Page  |  December Vegetable Calendar

 

 

Harvesting & Storing Fruit in December

Complete the picking of latest apples and pears before hard frosts arrive

Continue to pick nuts

Continue to inspect stored fruit removing any which are showing signs of spoiling

 

Care, Pruning, Propagation & planting  fruit in December

Cut out the old fruited canes of blackberries at ground level and tie in the new canes to replace them if not already done.  

Prune out dead or diseased shoots on apple and pear trees

Continue planting new fruit trees and bushes if the soil conditions allow. If the ground is too waterlogged or frozen, heel in newly acquire bare-rooted trees or keep in a frost free cool place ensuring the roots don't dry out

 

Protecting Fruit in December

Apply grease bands to your trees now to stop another infestation next year

Check that fruit cages and netting are secure  

Net or cotton all fruit against bird attack  

Spray apple and pears trees against canker  

Cover fan trained peach and nectarine trees with polythene to protect against peach leaf curl

 

Planning and Buying Fruit Trees in December

Order fruit seeds for next year

Plan new fruit beds and plots for next year

 


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