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RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch Weekend 


I mentioned that it was not too late to take part in the above but if you are reading this now it is too late!


My Guest – Lyne Crowe from Macmillan Cancer Support


Lyne is the Fundraising Manager for Essex and came in to tell us all about the work of Macmillan. I knoiw from my own personal journey with Cancer that Macmillan support patients and friends and families. It is often friends and families that need as much support as patients. Everybody is touched by cancer, we all know of people who have had it or who still have it. Macmillan is there to help. If you would like to support Macmillan locally you can contact them on 01245 345280 or visit the website on or call the national number on 0808 808 2020. And DON’T forget  The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning in 2009 is on


Things to Do the Week:


  • Squash mistletoe berries into apple tree branches to encourage plants to develop
  • Clear borders and rake up leaves before bulbs start poking through
  • Dig over gaps in the borders, taking time to pick out roots of perennial weeds and bin them
  • Spread a layer compost around shrubs and along the base of hedges
  • Plant new roses and shrubs
  • Treat fences, furniture etc with preservative  
  • Pick faded flowers off pansies to prevent them setting seed

Fruit and Veg


  • Prune red and white currants, shortening side shoots to a single bud
  • Pot up strawberries to grow under cover for an early crop
  • Check your soil's pH with a special kit and add lime if it's too acidic for your plants
  • Check fruit and vegetables in store, removing any showing signs of deterioration
  • Cut down canes of autumn-fruiting raspberries to ground level



  • Sow onion seed under cover, and keep warm until germinated
  • Check overwintering plants for signs of greenfly and other pests, and treat if necessary
  • Bring potted strawberries under cover
  • Water pots of forced bulbs if their compost is dry
  • Water plants sparingly taking care not to splash water around
  • Get all the old toot out and topdress borders with old gro bags
  • Order seeds and young plants from mail-order companies or online
  • Prune greenhouse grapevines once they're dormant and the leaves have fallen


Around the Garden


  • Top up bird baths with fresh water daily and melt ice with warm water on frosty days
  • Finish clearing fallen leaves
  • Water pots of spring bulbs
  • Float a ball or cork in pond to prevent ice expanding and cracking pond liners
  • Give pots and seed trays a thorough scrubbing ready for the start of the sowing season
  • Buy snowdrops “in the green”

Don’t forget to listen to me every Sunday 10 to 12 noon on Sunday Best at Phoenix FM 98FM on online at


 Happy gardening till next week......................





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