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List of jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Winter

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Fruit Tree in Winter

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

 

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  |  Winter Vegetable & Herbs Calendar

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in

Early Winter

(December - UK)

 

December in the Fruit GardenHarvesting & Storing Fruit in Early Winter

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 & planting  fruit in Early Winter

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 in Early Winter

Order fruit seeds for next year

Plan new fruit beds and plots for next year

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Mid Winter

(January -UK)

 

January in the Fruit GardenHarvesting & Storing Fruit in Mid Winter

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

 

Care, Pruning & planting  fruit in Mid Winter

Continue pruning out dead or diseased shoots on apple and pear trees

Prune newly planted cane fruit

Continue pruning established bush fruit if not already done 

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

 

Protecting Fruit in Mid Winter

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

Check that fruit cages and netting are secure  

Spray apple and pears trees against canker  

Start spraying peaches and nectarines against peach leaf curl from the middle of the month or  cover fan trained trees with polythene sheeting

Spray dormant fruit trees against over-wintering aphid eggs 

 

Planning and Buying Fruit in Mid Winter  

Order fruit seeds

Plan new fruit beds and plots

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Late Winter

(February - UK)

 

February in the Fruit GardenHarvesting and Storing Fruit in Late Winter

Inspect any fruit you have in store and remove any which are rotten

Start harvesting young tender rhubarb, picking 1 or 2 sticks from each plant at any one time

 

Pruning & planting  fruit in Late Winter

Continue planting trees and bushes if the soil conditions allow. If the soil is very heavy or frosted, heel-in bare-rooted plants in a sheltered area

Prune stone fruit trees (apart from plums and established peach and nectarine trees) once growth starts in late February

Complete the formative pruning of new pear and apple trees

Complete the formative pruning of 1,2 and 3 year old peach and nectarine trees

Prune established pear and apple trees if this hasn't already been done except in hard frost

Prune established autumn-fruiting raspberry canes

Cut down newly planted raspberry canes to about 22cm/9" if not already done

 

Care and Protecting Fruit in Late Winter

Protect early blossoms on trees a double layer of netting or fleece if frost is expected

Cover strawberries with cloches or poly tunnels for an earlier crop

Hand pollinate early flowering trees particularly if insects seem scarce

Spray peaches and nectarines against peach leaf curl by the middle of the month

Inspect pear and apple trees for canker and treat if necessary

Apply fertiliser to trees and bushes towards the end of the month (see individual growing pages)

 

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