December really is one of the quietest months on the allotment. There is nothing to sow and if you have kept busy during November your beds should be looking beautiful all tucked up in their thick layer of mulch.
The highlight of the month is the Winter Solstice. The point where time seems to stand still and we reach the shortest day with the longest night before the Earth starts tilting in our favour again and the days will begin to lengthen.
As there is nothing much to do on the plot it is a great time to sit down, with a fire lit, maybe even a glass of wine and start sorting through and planning your growing list for next year.
Everyone will have their own method for doing this. I love a spreadsheet and diligently go through all my entires making notes, checking my seed stock and deciding what to buy ready for next year. My favourite seed suppliers are:-
Vital Seeds www.vitalseeds.co.uk
Tamar Organics www.tamarorganics.co.uk
The Real Seed Catalogue www.realseeds.co.uk
Chiltern Seeds www.chilternseeds.co.uk
Plants of Distinction www.plantsofdistinction.co.uk
It is traditional to make a wreath from evergreens to celebrate the wheel of the year turning again. I love making our own wreath. It's easy to forage for greenery (you don't need much) and I decorate it with dried flowers saved from the allotment. Every year our wreath looks different and it takes pride of place on the front door.
There is something truly magical about seeing the sun come up knowing that each day from that point we will have more and more light again. And more light means it's nearly time to start growing again. If you can get outdoors and find a spot with a good south-east facing view then do it. If not, English Heritage stream the Winter Solstice sunset and sunrise live from Stonghenge - you will find it on their facebook page. It's a really calming thing to watch.