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Looking After Your Winter Garden

Make a Christmas wreath. You can gather material from your garden and simply add the cuttings to a ring of floral foam which is available from most garden centres or online. Holly berries are a traditional touch but you can try many different cuts – simply be generous with the amount you use to create a good effect. You can add gold or silver baubles to create sparkle and then hang on your front door for a natural and personal decoration.

Top Tip

When you’re planning your garden for the next year consider colour. Bright, summer light will wash out the cooler colours so think about positioning the blue, purple and green plants in shadier spots and bringing the brighter, primary coloured plants to the forefront.

WINTER JOBS

• Cover up your compost bins with carpet offcuts to help keep in the heat.
• Pop some more manure into your beds and dig in.
• Cut back any creeping plants that have encroached too much into space that isn’t theirs.
• Continue collecting fallen leaves and add them to your leaf bin.
• Cluster together any potted shrubs as this will help protect the root systems from suffering any frost damage.
• Plant your tulip bulbs if you haven’t already provided the ground isn’t frozen.
• Insulate any outdoor taps or turn them off at the mains.
• Spread fresh gravel or grit around any alpine plant

 

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