●● Put rabbit guards around newly planted trees and shrubs to protect them from bark damage. ●● If the weather is still mild, repair lawn edges around beds and borders. ●● Shake off leaves from nets protecting ponds. ●● Propagate lilies by planting scales to half their depth in boxes or pots of John Innes No 1 compost. Set in a cold frame. ●● Take advantage of good days to clean cloches. ●● Check lettuce under cloches or in frames and ventilate in suitable conditions. ●● If weather permits, take hardwood cuttings of hardy climbers now to save time in spring. ●● Check pots of winter-flowering bulbous irises under glass for signs of drying out. If necessary water the compost to keep it moist. ●● Prick over the top of the compost of sweet peas sown in pots in October, to aerate the compost. ●● Lift and store celery – it can be heeled in just outside the back door, for easy use. It can also be thickly mulched in situ, using straw or bracken held in place with fleece and hoops of wire, and then lifted when needed.