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Accrington Observer - - LEISURE -

Fancy some greens for win­ter? Sow and grow win­ter sal­ads, such as rocket, un­der cloches or in the green­house.

It’s a good time to prune. In­spect trees and shrubs for dead or dis­eased branches and re­move them. Re­mem­ber to leave ac­ers and birches un­til mid-win­ter as at any other time they can bleed sap. Save twigs and branches for Bon­fire night.

Ten­der plants, such as salvias, need to be dug up, pot­ted and put in a frost-free con­ser­va­tory for the win­ter.

Ponds need at­ten­tion be­fore win­ter sets in. Re­move and clean the pump if you have one. Thin out oxy­genat­ing plants if they have taken over, and re­move old leaves and de­bris which have sunk to the bot­tom.

Lift pump­kins for Hal­loween. Plant out au­tumn onion sets and gar­lic bulbs.

Have you fin­ished prun­ing your roses? Bush roses are best done now to keep their height down for win­ter. Ram­bling roses should also be trimmed be­fore win­ter storms.

Check tree stakes and ties on newly planted trees to en­sure they are firm for win­ter.

Pots and con­tain­ers can get wa­ter­logged dur­ing heavy down­pours – one tip is to stand them on bricks so that the wa­ter can eas­ily drain away.

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