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 is a tough time for wildlife in the garden. Make sure there is a continuous supply of food and fresh water. Knock 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. The 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. Chitting will help to bring on a slightly earlier and heavier crop. Sow sweet peas inside if you haven’t already done so, pinch out the tips when they reach 10cm to encourage branching and new shoots.
“The more one gardens, the more one learns; and the more one realizes how little one knows. I suppose the whole of life is like that” Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)