Under the Mistletoe (Gardening Tips)
As we're in the winter season, our to-do lists unfortunately don’t contain many gardening tasks. Luckily, you can take it a little easier this month without any risk to your garden - maintenance is the most important thing until spring.
Speaking of maintenance, make sure you are clearing borders of dead or dying plants to help create tidy displays, showing off those still in bloom. Prune harshly to improve the shape of your trees and shrubs, look out for flaws such as split or broken branches, and make sure you cut them back so they are healthier next year.
Why not try to grow your own mistletoe this Christmas? If you are lucky enough to have one of the host trees - apple, hawthorn, lime or poplar, growing mistletoe should be fairly easy. Simply collect some berries from a mistletoe plant and rub them into the cracks of the bark then let the mistletoe flourish from your tree’s nutrients! This really I such a simple way to provide festive cheer this year.
Lastly, hang fat balls and keep bird feeders and water topped up to make sure the little birds don’t go hungry!