Gardening - Jobs for the week

A garden border. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos
A garden border. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Sow overwintering broad beans in pots in cold frames or unheated greenhouses and they will be ready for planting out next spring.

Plant garlic cloves outdoors in their final position.

Clear up weedy beds for spring mulching.

Order bulky organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost to use as a soil improver.

If gardening on wet soil, work from a long plank of wood rather than treading on the soil and causing it to compact.

In the greenhouse, check for overwintering pests such as greenfly or red spider mites and treat accordingly.

Continue to pick and sweep up fallen debris to prevent disease.

If you have fish, stop your pond freezing over by pouring hot water on the surface until it has melted through. Do not crack any ice as this is harmful to fish.

Add lights and power points to sheds and outhouses so you can garden on wet days and in the evenings.

Prune greenhouse vines when they are completely dormant.

Replenish the surface of rock gardens with stone chippings to prevent the soil becoming sodden.