THINGS TO DO IN THE GARDEN THIS MONTH
1 Tidy borders but leave seed heads in place to provide winter nourishment for birds. Those stems that are cut back can be added to the compost heap to create organic matter, in order to use it for enriching the garden the following year. 2 Protect tender plants from frost by moving them to a sheltered spot, covering with fleece or bringing under cover. 3 Plant shrubs and trees now - look out for bare root plants which are available now and cheaper to buy than potted plants. 4 Rake up fallen leaves and use to make leaf mould. Some varieties take longer to break down, so start early if you can.