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Around the garden checklist

15 - 21 December 2014

It's time to...

  • Work off Christmas excesses by digging over bare areas of ground
  • Place cloches over tender plants to give them extra protection from frost
  • Sharpen blades on hoes, secateurs and other garden tools, and wipe with an oily rag before storing away
  • Do a final collection of any autumn leaves still lying around
  • Search through seed and bulb catalogues for new things to grow this coming season
  • Repair wobbly or damaged fences and treat wooden structures with preservative
  • Put out fresh water for birds every day in frosty weather
  • Wrap pots with sacking or insulating material to protect the roots of plants
  • Make last-minute stocking fillers from collected seedheads saved into pretty envelopes
  • Pick evergreen foliage for indoor decorations, storing in water in a porch or shed before bringing into the house on Christmas Eve

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