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5 key gardening jobs Dec 30-Jan 5

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Snow on a frozen Rudbeckia Goldsturm stem
Snow on a frozen Rudbeckia Goldsturm stem

1It’s sale time!

My bulb haul from Thompson & Morgan – £3.99 for all this!

Don’t forget to check out independent garden centres and nursery sales plus the mail order suppliers – you might get a bargain!

2Take root cuttings

Verbascum bombyciferum is suitable for root cuttings

Root cuttings can be taken now. Papaver (perennial poppies), Verbascum (mullein), Acanthus and Phlox are suitable.

3Watch out for pond frost damage

One very frozen pond on the coldest day of the year, December 11

Monitor the water level of ponds – frosts can damage liners and concrete. If the water level drops, it may have a leak. Keep it topped up until repairs can be carried out in spring. Rake out fallen leaves or shake off those that have gathered on protective netting.

4Sow seeds – if you have good light

Sweet pea Prince of Orange

Seed sowing time begins – sow Begonia, Lobelia, Salvia, Pelargonium and sweet peas in a heated propagator.

5Start ordering summer bulbs and tubers

Show dahlia

Order summer-flowering bulbs now, such as gladioli, dahlias, and begonias from mail-order specialists if you want unusual varieties, or pop along to your nearest garden centre for more popular choices.

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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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