Maintaining soil and structures and planning ahead
- Clear away any remaining plant debris from plots and compost if disease-free.
- Earth up and check stakes on Brussels sprouts and other tall brassicas to prevent wind rock.
Sowing and planting
- Protect autumn-sown broad beans with cloches during extended periods of frost.
- Divide and replant rhubarb. For early tender stems, ‘force’ rhubarb by covering crowns with a dark-coloured bucket or terracotta rhubarb forcer.
- Ventilate green houses on mild days to reduce diseases.
- Continue to plant fruit trees and bushes if soil is not frozen.
- Plant blackcurrants 5cm below the soil to encourage new shoots.
- Plant fruit trees trained as cordons or espaliers to make good use of limited space. Check RGS website for guidance on permitted trees.
- Plant blueberries in pots of ericaceous compost.
- Prune grape vines before the end of the month, when dormant, to avoid sap bleeding.
- Continue to harvest Brussels sprouts, kale and winter cabbage.
Gardening for wildlife
- Feed birds regularly. Disinfect bird tables and water dishes regularly to avoid spreading disease.