Keep raking up those leaves from the lawn and borders.
From now until the end of March is the time to plant any bare rooted trees, shrubs and roses.
Check stored fruit, throw out any that are rotten.
Reduce watering on houseplants.
To keep your indoor hyacinths blooming longer, make sure they are kept in a cool, bright place.
If they are kept too warm the leaves will elongate and the flowers will fade quickly.
If your roses suffer from black spot, spray them this month with Armillitox, which is a soap-based outdoor cleaner. Spraying the roses and ground around the bushes will kill the spores of blackspot which can overwinter in the soil.
Put bark chips around your hellebores to protect emerging blooms from rain splashes. Cut off any leaves with black spots on them to try and prevent the fungal disease spreading.
For fresh herbs, pot up mint and chives to ‘force’ on the kitchen windowsill. Earth up tall Brussel sprout stems to support them against winter winds.
Cut back your asparagus ferns when they have turned yellow, and put a layer of well rotted compost on top of the crowns.
Carry on feeding wild birds, and make sure they have clean water available.
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