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5 key gardening jobs Dec 2-8

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Winter strikes with a vengeance... first snow of the year, November 30
Winter strikes with a vengeance... first snow of the year, November 30

1Sow alpines from seed

Autumn gentian Sapphire Selection

Alpines can be sown from seed, as they need a period of cold to break their dormancy. A moveable cold frame can be positioned over the sown area to protect it from excessive wet. Alternatively, the seeds can be put in the fridge, for sowing next spring. This will really upset your family.

2Keep feeding the birds

Blackbird

Winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up. Once you start feeding, don’t stop – they will come to depend on it.

3Protect borderline hardy perennials

Kniphofia, Weigela variegata and Stipa gigantea

Apply a mulch to protect plants that are borderline hardy such as Agapanthus, Kniphofia, and Phygelius. The plants’ own leaves, e.g. Kniphofia, can be tied up and used as protection for the crowns underneath.

4Protect early Hellebore blooms

Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)

Helleborus niger (Christmas rose) blooms can look unsightly when splashed with muddy raindrops. A mulch will reduce this, and cloches can always be used where practical.

5Keep hyacinths cool

Don’t give hyacinths too much warmth

Place hyacinths in a cool, bright place in the home. If it’s too warm, the leaves will elongate and the flowers will fade quickly.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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