Gardening jobs for the week

A robin eating a mealworm. PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos
A robin eating a mealworm. PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos

* Check pots and bowls of bulbs which are being forced for Christmas, making sure they don’t dry out or become waterlogged.

* Plant any remaining tulip and hyacinth bulbs without delay.

* Prune climbing and rambling roses and cut back hybrid tea roses and floribundas to reduce damage from windrock.

* Harvest kale, cabbages, endives, spinach, turnips, swedes and Jerusalem artichokes.

* Consider installing a pond heater to keep a small area of water ice-free if you have fish.

* Top-dress established borders with garden compost or well-rotted manure.

* Continue clearing ground for new beds, digging and leaving soil rough for the frost to break it down.

* Remove any roots of perennial weeds.

* Order new dahlia plants and tubers for delivery next year.

* Complete picking apples and pears as soon as possible.

* Erect a temporary windbreak around newly planted evergreens to prevent damage.