●● Protect vulnerable plants from frost and wind damage and firm in plants lifted by frost. ●● Pot autumn-rooted fuchsia cuttings into small individual pots ●● Put cloches in position to warm the soil for early sowings of vegetables in March. ●● Top-dress potgrown shrubs with fresh compost, scraping away about 2.5cm (1in) of the old compost from the surface before adding the new. ●● Prune winterflowering jasmine once the flowers have gone over completely ●● Shorten sideshoots from the main wisteria framework to encourage flower buds ●● Water pot plants growing at the base of your house walls as they can often be sheltered from rain by the overhang of the house eaves and may dry out ●● When you have dug over an area in winter, cover the ground with a large sheet of polythene, anchored at the edges with bricks, to keep off the worst of the winter weather and suppress weeds ●● Buy onion sets and store them in a dry place, ready for planting in March ●● Watch out for moles, which start to become more active now because of mating and nestbuilding. If you can’t stand the thought of getting rid of them with traditional mole traps, and old-fashioned deterrents such as mothballs down the holes don’t work, make the most of the perfectly sifted topsoil they leave on the surface.