General Tasks

  • Plant bare-root roses, fruit trees and bushes.
  • Plant prepared bulbs in bowls for indoor display early next year.
  • Grow winter flowering Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) indoors.
  • Tidy borders for the winter by removing stakes, cutting back dying foliage and digging out perennial weeds.
  • Remove decaying and dead branches on established trees to prevent damage caused by winter winds and gales.
  • Cut the lawn for the last time this year and clean and store the lawnmower.
  • Lift begonia tubers, dry them and store them in a cool, frost-free place.
  • Move bowls of bulbs being forced for indoor flowering into a light but cool position as they show strong new growth. For hyacinths move the bolbs indoors when the flower spikes have emerged 5-8 cms (2-3 in.) above the bulbs or for smaller bulbs, when the leaves are about 2.5 cm (1in) high.
  • Protect vulnerable border perennials and shrubs.
  • Cut back one-third of the summer's growth on hardy fuchsias leaving the remaining bare stems as protection over the winter.
  • Shorten hybrid tea roses and floribundas to reduce damaged caused by the stems rocking in the wind.
  • Clear leaves as they fall this month so that slugs, snails and other pests have nowhere to hide.
  • Take hardwood cuttings of trees and bushes and insert them directly into the ground to propagate new plants.

    Vegetable Garden

  • Sow early peas, broad beans, radish and carrots.
  • Thin lettuce sown under cover last month.
  • Cover lettuce, endive and parsley with frames.
  • Sow green manures - grazing rye and field beans.
  • Remove perennial weeds by digging out roots.
  • Dig up rhubarb roots to force in your shed or greenhouse.
  • Start to force chicory.

    Fruit Garden

  • Prune soft fruits if you haven't already done so.
  • Continue checking fruit trees, re-tie wall-trained fruit.
  • Propagate vines from stems
  • Hang peices of fat or fat balls on canes around fruit bushes - they attract insect - eating birds.

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