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Gardening - jobs for the week

A young Common Ash Tree with wilting leaves in woodland near Canterbury, Kent, which shows the symptoms of the deadly plant pathogen fungus Chalara Fraxinea Dieback. Gareth Fuller/PA Photos.

A young Common Ash Tree with wilting leaves in woodland near Canterbury, Kent, which shows the symptoms of the deadly plant pathogen fungus Chalara Fraxinea Dieback. Gareth Fuller/PA Photos.

Check overwintering fuchsias in the greenhouse to ensure they are getting as much light as possible and are not becoming leggy.

Buy broad beans for sowing under cloches at the beginning of next month.

If your seed and potting compost is kept in a cold place, bring it into the greenhouse several days before use, to give it time to warm to the greenhouse temperature.

Snip off the dead heads of pansies and trim back any dead stems - they will soon come back to life again.

Place young strawberry plants outside for four to six weeks, giving them a necessary cold spell before they are forced in February.

Apply fatty acid-based winter washes to dormant fruit trees to control overwintering eggs of aphid, apple sucker and scale insect.

Harvest sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts and leeks.

Lift Jerusalem artichoke tubers for cooking.

Cut off old leaves of hellebores that produce flowers from ground level (including H. x hybridus and H. niger) to expose the flowers and remove possible foliar diseases such as hellebore leaf spot.

Sow sweet peas inside a heated propagator, in long tubes filled with compost (toilet and kitchen rolls make good tubes).

If you’ve prepared your vegetable patch for this year with winter digging, cover the soil with black polythene to warm it up for sowing veg in spring.

Prune standard apple and pear trees.

Order seed from catalogues, especially if you want a wider choice of unusual varieties.

 

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