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Carry on harvesting winter crops such as parsnips, kale, leeks, winter cabbage, chard, spinach and Brussels sprouts. Don't forget to pick Brussels sprouts from the bottom of the stalk upwards.

Begin winter pruning of untrained apples, pears, quinces and medlars. Vines, gooseberries, blueberries and currants should also be pruned.  Finish cutting down the fruited canes of blackberries and hybrid berries and tie in new ones.

Order trees and shrubs (including fruit) from mail order catalogues and nurseries, and prepare the ground well before planting. 

While the weather is mild, it is still a good time to lift and divide overgrown clumps of herbaceous perennials.

Lift and store dahlias, cannas and tuberous bedding begonias that have been hit by the first frosts.

Root cuttings can be taken now and throughout the winter.

Leaving perennials uncut once they have finished flowering can provide food and shelter for wildlife in the winter.

Apply a mulch to protect plants that are borderline hardy such as Agapanthus, Kniphofia and Phygelius.

Collect all your empty plant pots and seed trays together and wash them ready for next year. You could clean your tools too!

Do some early wrapping by covering any large outside containers with bubblewrap, fleece or hessian, to help prevent the pots cracking in the cold frosty weather.

Provide clean water for wildlife to drink.

Stand tropical houseplants on trays of wet gravel to counteract the drop in humidity when the central heating comes on. Grouping them together also helps to create a humid microclimate around your houseplants.

Ensure all standpipes, irrigation lines & hoses are drained, to avoid damage caused by water freezing inside them.

Clean out water butts if not yet done

 

Back to the Gardens in December

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