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Around the garden checklist

8 - 14 December 2014

It's time to...

  • Cover soil with polythene sheets to keep it dry so that winter digging can be completed
  • Keep your Christmas tree outside in a bucket of water until you're ready to bring it indoors to decorate
  • Wash cloches and cold frames
  • Order manure or mushroom compost to dig in over winter, or pile onto the soil for the worms to drag under
  • Cut down marginal plants surrounding ponds
  • Send off for mail-order seed and perennials catalogues
  • Mow your lawn on a dry day with the blades set high
  • Wrap outside taps with insulation material to prevent them freezing and turn off the water supply inside your house
  • Place a floating heater or a ball in ponds to stop ice completely covering the surface
  • Move tender or valuable houseplants away from cold window sills every evening

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