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What to Do This Week in the Garden




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”

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