What to do this week
:: Prune out the frost-damaged stems of shrubs and climbers.
:: Keep recently planted trees, shrubs and climbers well watered during dry weather
:: Lift and divide congested clumps of autumn-flowering bulbs and replant in a well-prepared piece of ground, discarding any bulbs which appear damaged or diseased
:: Thin out hardy annual seedlings sown in open ground last month.
:: Feed plants in containers with a liquid fertiliser.
:: Plant out sweet peas which were sown earlier in the year.
:: Transplant and pot on vegetable seedlings sown earlier this year.
:: Plant maincrop potatoes.
:: Plant new pond plants and oxygenators.
:: Clean up garden furniture in preparation for all those sunny days ahead.
:: Pot on small plants of tender perennials raised from cuttings last year.
:: Take basal cuttings from lupins and delphiniums.
:: Cut off dead hydrangea flowers, shortening thin or old shoots to their lowest bud.