Top Gardening Jobs this Month
Order trees and shrubs (including fruit) from
mail order catalogues and nurseries, and prepare the ground well
While the weather is mild, it is still a good
time to lift and divide overgrown clumps of herbaceous
Root cuttings can be taken now and throughout
Hold your nerve and don't cut down perennials;
many look pretty and they are food and shelter for wildlife in the
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
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
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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