Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Brussels sprout

Hollyhock

Leek

Lobelia

Ornamental pepper

Petunia

Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Salvia

Tomato

Outside

Courgette

Runner bean

Outside under cover

Cabbage

Carrot

Lettuce

Onion

Radish

Turnip


Shows and events:

27/01/2018 - 29/01/2018

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

27/01/2018 - 27/01/2018

Lee Valley: The Ultimate Snowdrop Sale

27/01/2018 - 11/03/2018

Cambo Estate Snowdrop Festival

31/01/2018 - 04/03/2018

Welford Park Snowdrops

01/02/2018 - 28/02/2018

Painswick Rococo Garden Famous snowdrops

03/02/2018 - 04/03/2018

Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park, weekends from 03/02/18

03/02/2018 - 04/03/2018

Rode Hall and Gardens Snowdrop Walks

09/02/2018 - 24/02/2018

The Beth Chatto Gardens Beautiful snowdrops

10/02/2018 - 04/03/2018

Hodsock Snowdrops

22/03/2018 - 13/05/2018

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Jobs to do in the garden this week.

  • Prune gooseberries and cover with netting to prevent birds from eating the buds.
  • Prune apple and pear trees and remove any "suckers". Cut these off as close to the trunk as possible.
  • Prune fruit trees, rose bushes and wisteria.
  • If you are ordering seeds or plugs from mail-order companies, you'll need to get your order in soon.
  • Start off seed potatoes, standing them in seed trays with eyes uppermost.
  • For an early crop of strawberries bring the pots into the greenhouse now.
  • Pot up any cuttings that have rooted.
  • Check produce and plants that are in storage for damage or drying out (dahlias, chrysanths etc.).
  • Clear away old crops from the greenhouse, including grow bags, they can harbour hibernating insects and their eggs. Spread the grow bag compost on the soil as a soil conditioner.
  • If you have had a fall of snow, gently shake shrub branches, a build up of snow and ice can cause branches to snap.
  • If your pond has frozen over, melt a small area of ice with hot water to release any build-up of gases that could harm your fish. Don't be tempted to break the ice, the shockwave created can kill pond life.
  • After a frost try to stay off the grass. Treading on the lawn in frosty conditions can damage the grass.
  • Refirm the roots of any shrubs that may have been lifted by frost.
  • Switch outside water taps off at the mains and leave the outside tap open, draining any water, so the pipes don't freeze.
  • Put out feeders for birds, not forgetting fresh water. Encouraging birds into the garden will help reduce the number of insects and slugs.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Cover shrubs that are likely to be damaged by frost with garden fleece, sacking or an old light blanket.
  • On a dry still day rake up fallen leaves, don't put them on the compost heap, as leaves break down in a cold process, whereas a traditional compost heap breaks organic matter down in a warm/hot process. Put them into a leaf composter, or make leaf mould. How to make leaf mould.
  • Plant or move roses. They like plenty of sun and a clay soil. Leave 60cm (24in) between plants to allow air circulation, which will reduce the chance of infection.
  • Plant apple and pear trees. Check and adjust any stakes on young trees and remove stakes on any trees that have been planted more than 3 years.
  • During autumn and winter, indoor plants will require less feeding and watering. However as the temperature drops outside, the central heating goes on and the temperature in the house tends to go up, so whilst it's a good idea to keep your pot plants on the dry side and not water them too often, you should check a couple of times a week to ensure they haven't totally dried out. Oh and if you have a water spray bottle, hold the plant over the sink or bath and give the foliage a quick little squirt (don't do this to hairy leaved plants like african violets).

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