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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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.

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