In the garden this week
Unless lawns are sodden or frozen, tidy up lawn edges. An edging tool is best for this job
Clear lawns of any remaining dead leaves to prevent them killing grass and encouraging mucky worm casts.
Take root cuttings from papaver (perennial poppies), verbascum (mullein) and phlox.
Clean and store bamboo canes in the shed (or other dry place) to ensure they’re still in good condition for later in the year. Broken ones can be shortened, where possible, for re-use.
Divide and plant rhubarb. Clumps can be lifted and prepared for forcing in early spring.
Regularly check fruit stores and remove rotting and mouldy specimens. These can be left out for birds and wildlife as a welcome winter treat.
Look out for signs of canker when pruning fruit trees.