l Keep sacking or old carpet handy to cover and insulate cold frames during very cold periods.
l Sprinkle sulphate of potash fertiliser around the base of fruit trees and bushes.
l Cover buds on fruit trees and bushes with netting to protect them from the birds.
l Finish winter-pruning apple and pear trees, removing badly placed or diseased branches.
l Bring pot-grown strawberry plants into the greenhouse to encourage early flowering and fruiting.
l Trim back winter-flowering heathers when the flowers have started to fade.
l Plant new roses before spring. Bare-rooted bushes should be planted immediately.
l Clip wall-trained ivy, removing it from windows and gutters.
l Continue winter digging, adding compost as you go.
l Sow parsnips as soon as soil conditions allow.
l Sow spring onions and lettuce in cold frames or under cloches.
l Prick out seedlings in the greenhouse and space them in larger trays when they are big enough to pick up by their new leaves.
l Plant dahlias into trays to encourage them to develop shoots to take as cuttings.