Cover perennial borders with a mulch of compost or other organic material to stop frost penetrating the soil.
Take hardwood cuttings of dogwood, roses and spiraea.
Finish planting spring-flowering bulbs.
Cut down lateflowering perennials such as phlox to ground level.
Perk up your patio pots with ornamental cabbages whose pink, red or cream rosettes will provide a burst of colour.
Lift and store some root crops, keeping them close to the kitchen so you don’t have to venture outside to harvest them in really cold or wet weather.
Empty spent crops on to the compost heap.
Bring mint, parsley and other potted herbs under cover.
Sow sweet peas in deep pots.
Clean feeders and bird baths to prevent disease spreading among garden birds.