Top Gardening Jobs this Month
Keep holding your nerve and don't cut down
perennials; many look pretty and they are food and shelter
for wildlife in the winter.
Remember to provide clean water for wildlife to
drink and to top up bird feeders.
A good time to start planning where you could grow some
wildflowers - empty patch in a bed or in a pot
perhaps. Cheap and easy from seed sown in march/april and
loved by bees!
This is your last chance to take hardwood
cuttings of ornamental shrubs and fruit bushes like currants,
gooseberries. Check hardwood cuttings taken last year. They
may need planting out or potting on.
Aim to finish planting any new trees and shrubs
by the end of the month so they have time to settle in before the
Try and finish any pruning of decidious trees and hedges
this month. Leave evergreens and tender plants and
Prunus species until May
Finish winter pruning of untrained apples,
pears, quinces and medlars. Vines, gooseberries, blueberries and
currants should also be pruned.
Order seed catalogues if you haven't already
Clear up weedy beds before mulching or
covering a weed proof membrane (not plastic!) ready for sowing
Don't forget about houseplants! Light levels
are low so make sure they are on sunny windowstills and out of
daughts. Most won't be in growth so go easy on the watering
they just need to be kept damp and most won't need feeding until
Don't forget to open windows (house, greenhouse
and cold frames) on sunny days; plants like some fresh air too!
If you haven't already already tidy up the tool
area. A good job for a rainey day; brush, clean,
sort and repair.
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