- Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018
December (Early Winter) job list
1. Wrap insulation around garden taps. As water turns to ice it expands and can burst pipes.
2. Harvest sprouts from the stem upwards once they have reached 2.5cm in diameter.
3. Earthing up spring cabbages and other winter brassicas will give them better anchorage in strong winds.
During the winter cut every other spring cabbage as winter greens,
leaving the others to grown on and heart up inthe spring. Earth
up those remaining cabbages, and remove yellowing leaves whenever they
5. Keep fleece to hand to protect hardy salad crops such
as Lettuce 'Winter Gem', winter land cress, purslane, and corn salad on
6. Water plants overwintering under cover sparingly, to avoid the risk of overwatering and rotting.
7. Bring non-hardy trees under cover to protect them from the cold.
8. Prune woody ornamental plants and fruit trees and bushes.
9. Shake any snow off trees, shrubs and hedges.
10. Prune overgrown deciduous hedges.
Recipe of the Month
2tbsp olive oil
600g carrots, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1.5 litres chicken stock
100ml whipping cream
the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the
carrots, onion and celery, and fry for 5 minutes.
Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 25 mins, or until tender.
Remove the soup from the heat and leave to cool slightly before blending until smooth.
Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
Ladle the hot soup into bowls and spoon a teaspoon of cream on top, sprinkle with chopped chives.
Dates for your Diary
23 November-2 January
Kew Gardens - 22nd December - 2 January - Winter wonder wanders - daily 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30
Meet at the north end of the Princess of Wales Conservatory - 30 people per session, on a first come basis
the frosty landscape around the Princess of Wales Conservatory and
discover the beauty and diversity of Kew’s conifer trees.
Plant Names Uncovered
- purple cone flower. From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog;
in allusion to the prickly scales of the receptacle. The thick
black roots have a pungent flavour and are edible.
All the best, Nicole