Jobs for the week

Witch hazel (Hamamelis). PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis). PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.

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.