This is a great time to plan what you would like to do in the garden for the rest of the year, take a note book and walk around the garden.
Look at seed catalogues for ideas of what to sow.
Midwinter can be a tough time for wildlife in the garden. Make sure there is a continuous supply of food and fresh water.
Knock any snow off branches, especially conifers, if they are bending under the weight. Prune apple and pear trees, if there is no risk of frosts, by taking out any diseased, crossing or dead branches. Aim is to end up with an open tree that allows light and air into it.
Buy and start chitting early potatoes at the end of the month.
Sow sweet peas inside, if you haven’t already done so.
Clean and sharpen your tools ready for use again in the spring. Smearing a thin film of oil over garden tools made of steel, or other metals likely to corrode, will protect them from rust. The wooden handles will also benefit from a rub with linseed oil.
It is not too late to aerate your lawn, as long as it is not frozen or waterlogged.
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