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What to do in your garden this week

By BSheavesWMN  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

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This week in your garden:

Complete the pruning of greenhouse vines while they are still dormant. Remove loose bark which may harbour pests.

Bring in pots of forced bulbs for indoor flowering when ready.

Protect winter-flowering bulbous irises in the garden from severe cold or damp.

As cyclamen flowers go over, remove them by giving the stems a sharp tug, which should pull out the whole stem.

Do remember take some hardwood cuttings of blackcurrants, redcurrants, as well as white currants and gooseberries.

Renew grease bands around fruit trees, if they have been in place a long time, to protect trees against winter moths.

Pick yellowing leaves off Brussels sprouts and other brassicas promptly, to prevent spread of grey mould and brassica downy mildew.

Bring container-grown shrubs like camellias into a cold greenhouse for extra winter protection.

Sow seed of slow-maturing half-hardy summer bedding plants including pelargoniums, begonias and verbenas, in heated propagators (pictured).

Buy in well-rotted farmyard manure or mushroom compost to mulch borders and dig into soil.

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