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- Plant out Bare-root roses, fruit trees and bushes.
- Plant out winter and spring bedding plants including:
- 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 bulbs 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.
- 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.
- Prune soft fruits if you haven't already done so.
- Continue checking fruit trees, re-tie wall-trained fruit.
- Propagate vines from stems
- Divide rhubarb clumps as they become dormant before the winter. It is advisable to lift and divide your rhubarb every three or four years to maintain a good level of vigour. One of the tastiest rhubarbvarieties are Victoria and Fultons Strawberry Surprise.
- Hang peices of fat or fat balls on canes around fruit bushes - they attract insect - eating birds.
- If barley straw bales or pads were used to reduce algae during the summer months, these can now be removed and added to the compost heap. Let them sit by the edge of the pond for 24 hours before composting, so that pond insects can find their way back into the water.
- Cut back overhanging foilage to stop it falling into the water. This will prevent leaves rotting and smelling in the water and reducing the quality of the water.
- Rake out fallen leaves or shake off those that have gathered on protective netting.
- Use Pond Net to prevent hungry herons depleting your fish stocks.
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(c) Compiled by B V & T M Wood.