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Job of the week

Make a Christmas wreath

Welcome visitors by making a beautiful Christmas wreath with bundles of twigs and evergreen foliage from your own garden. Keep it simple so that it's easy to make and choose tough, resilient foliage so that it will last throughout the festive season.

Takes just 1 hour


Step 2
  • Make last-minute pickings of fresh flowers for the house
  • Spread compost on to flower beds for worms
  • Collect fallen leaves showing signs of blackspot

Fruit & veg

Step 3
  • Net crops to protect them from pigeons
  • Earmark your best sprouts for the Christmas table
  • Take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes


Step 4
  • Water azaleas regularly with rainwater
  • Last chance to bring on forced indoor bulbs
  • Water potted fuchsias sparingly

Around the garden

Step 1
  • Work off Christmas excesses by digging over bare areas
  • Place cloches over tender plants
  • Sharpen blades on garden tools