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What to Do In The Garden This Week 16/01/11

The Flower Garden


·         Dig up congested clumps of winter aconites and transplant to new sites

·         Improve the soil the soil by spreading compost or manure over beds and forking in

·         Move plants growing in the wrong place

·         Dig deeply areas where you'll be planting new roses, shrubs or perennials

·         Spread a thick mulch of bark over the crown of tender plants, such as fuchsias, dahlias and cannas, if they are not already dead and mushy!

·         Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting stems back to emerging buds close to soil level

The Fruit and Vegetable Garden


·         Prune out the oldest stems from blackcurrants to encourage new shoots

·         Check crops that are in store and discard any showing signs of rot

·         Fork compost into the soil and clear old crops from the veg plot

·         Cover fruit trees and bushes with netting to prevent hungry bullfinches eating blossom buds

·         Sow the following crops under cloches during January and early February: broad beans, hardy peas, spinach, carrots and onions


In The Greenhouse


·         Wash glazing inside and out to let in as much light as possible

·         Bring potted camellias into unheated porches or conservatories to enjoy early displays

·         Buy chrysanthemum cuttings or take cuttings from your own plants

·         Sow seed of hardy annuals, such as calendula, for some early flowers

·         Tidy up the greenhouse, getting rid of any old compost or rubbish that could hide unwanted visitors


Around The Garden


·         Keep window bird feeders topped up with seed to attract bluetits and sparrows

·         Wash out flowerpots and seed trays

·         Move patio pots to sheltered sites during cold periods

·         Spread a mulch of compost over borders and around trees, shrubs and roses

·         Clean algae and moss from paths and steps

·         Sprinkle a top dressing of gritty compost over lawns



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