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5 gardening jobs December 29-January 4

Cephalotaxus harringtonia Korean Gold (yew)
Grey mould on a geranium as the atmosphere was too moist

Grey mould alert

Maintaining some air movement in the greenhouse or conservatory, even when the weather is cold, will help to reduce problems with fungal diseases such as Botrytis (fluffy grey mould). Opening vents slightly (but not enough to create damaging draughts) in the morning, and then closing them in the early afternoon to conserve heat, will offer enough ventilation to help keep fungal problems at bay.

Sweet pea Harrogate Gem

Repot sweet peas

Sweet peas sown in autumn can be potted on. Place them on a sunny windowsill, or on a high shelf in the greenhouse in as light a situation as possible to prevent them getting leggy. Watch out for aphid attack.

Geranium (Pelargonium) Black Magic seedlings

Start sowing seeds

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

Chilli Carolina Reaper. Picture; DT Brown

Sow hot chilli varieties

Time to start sowing chillies in a heated propagator, especially hot varieties, which need a very long growing season to ripen.

In need of a good clean – dirty pots, trays and propagators

Clean your trays and pots

This is a good time to clean all your old pots and seed trays so that they are ready for next spring’s flurry of activity. Thorough cleaning will cut pest and disease problems and will make your propagation and sowing yield much greater.

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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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