Winter jobs

Winter is often the busiest time in the garden, when it is prepared for spring and summer growth. This is the time to address perennial weeds like brambles and bindweed. Cut back and mulch perennial borders; clear and edge paths and beds. Smaller shrubs and perennial plants are often best moved when dormant, and of course roses, apples and pears can be pruned. On rainy or frozen days sheds, greenhouses and storage can be cleared out.

If you missed buying bulbs in the autumn, you can often find them potted up in nurseries at this time of the year, ideal to fill in gaps, and it is fine to plant new shrubs as long as the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged.

Here are the Royal Horticultural Society recommendations for the winter months:




Published by mercyjm

Living in Kent, I am a qualified horticulturist, currently self-employed as a gardener Herne Bay & Whitstable areas; I sell houseplants and airplants at markets locally.

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