Jobs for mid and late Winter

Not a lot to do in January and February, but keep active. On nice days get outside.

  • If we have very cold weather, top up any mulch over your dahlias and more tender shrubs.
  • You can still plant trees and deciduous shrubs.
  • Prune your apple, quince and pear trees. Most deciduous trees can also be pruned
  • Check your tree ties
  • Prune your deciduous hedges (Hornbeam, hawthorn, beech)
  • If it is not too wet, you can dig over the vegetable garden
  • This is the time of year when we go up into the woods to cut hazel for pea sticks and supports for herbaceous plants. Stakes from hazel or ash for bean sticks. If you don’t have your own woods ask a neighbour, they are normally not too bothered about hazel. You need to cut right to the base of the tree/bush and it will regrow. It is good good for the hazel and good for the woods.
  • I am now feeding the birds. I swap the bird feeders around and put them into different trees and shrubs so the birds can pick up any overwintering pests
  • At the end of February put your potatoes to chit. Somewhere light, but not too hot or cold. Usual place is the top of a wardrobe in a spare bedroom.
  • Late February, early March, the late flowering clematis ( group 3) can be cut back hard to a pair of strong pair of buds. You can do the same with the large summer flowering clematis (group 2).
  • On a cold day look at seed catalogues. There are several you can access on line. Beaumaux http://www.graines-beaumaux.fr/ is a French site, but often you can find the same variety from an English site, at a cheaper price. I also use Chiltern Seeds http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/ and the Organic Gardening catalogues ( www.organiccatalogue.co.uk)

 

 

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