Prepare garden for cold weather

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GET READY FOR WINTER: AS the winter months fast approach you should prepare your garden to help it survive the upcoming cold snap. Here are some tips as to what you should be doing over the coming weeks to ensure your garden and allotment have the best chance to survive the frosty weather conditions.


Pests: Attach sticky grease bands to trees to prevent pests climbing up.

PLANT: Continue to plant new trees, bushes and cane fruits in prepared ground

PREPARE: Bring in any tender plants before the first frosts.

PRUNE: Cut back long shoots of shrubs and climbers in the greenhouse after flowering.

TRIM: Cut wild flower meadows once plants have shed their seeds.

STOCK: Refill bird feeders and baths regularly to ensure they have plenty to eat and drink during the cooler months.

stop: Cut back on feeding and reduce watering for plants stored in the greenhouse.

CHECK: Make sure bowls of bulbs being forced for indoor flowering do not dry out.

COVER: Top-dress established borders with well-rotted compost or manure

DIG: As land becomes vacant in the vegetable plot, start digging while the ground is still soft enough, leaving it rough to allow maximum frost penetration.

START: Plant biennials such as foxgloves, Canterbury bells and honesty where they are to flower next year.

clean: Cut back asparagus foliage and clean the bed of weed before applying a layer of compost or well-rotted manure.

REMOVE: Check over brassicas for white cabbage caterpillars .