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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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.

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