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Top Gardening Jobs this Month

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.

Root cuttings can be taken now and throughout the winter.

Hold your nerve and don't cut down perennials; many look pretty and they are food and shelter for wildlife in the winter.

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

Provide clean water for wildlife to drink and remeber to top up bird feeders.

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.

Sweet peas can be sown this month. Sweet peas sown earlier in the autumn can now be potted on. Place them on a sunny windowsill, or on a high shelf in the greenhouse that gets plenty of light.

Pruning and renovation of many deciduous trees, shrubs and hedges can be carried out from now throughout the dormant season. It is easier to see what you are doing when the branches have no leaves.  Exceptions are evergreens and tender plants (best left until spring), and Prunus species (e.g. ornamental cherries, plums and almonds) as these are vulnerable to a unpleasant disease silver leaf when pruned in autumn or winter.

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.

Don't forget to weed! 

 

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