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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Put a float­ing ball or a piece of poly­styrene in ponds to stop the wa­ter freez­ing.

Stake Brus­sels sprouts with sturdy canes and re­move dead or dy­ing leaves around the bot­tom of plants.

Do some weed­ing if the ground is soft enough, to give you a head start for spring.

Fill bor­der gaps with new peren­ni­als.

Move plants which don’t work in their cur­rent spot while they are dor­mant, but the ground is still work­able.

Stop rab­bits at­tack­ing your trees by plac­ing a tree guard around the trunk.

Buy hip­peas­trum (amaryl­lis) now to get the best se­lec­tion of bulbs, but hold off plant­ing in the green­house un­til Fe­bru­ary as they’ll strug­gle in the low light lev­els of win­ter.

Prune black­cur­rants, re­mov­ing a quar­ter of the older stems at the base.

Send petrol mow­ers to be ser­viced.

Buy in well-rot­ted farm­yard ma­nure or mush­room com­post to mulch bor­ders and dig into soil.

Con­tinue to har­vest car­rots, parsnips, leeks, beet­root, win­ter cab­bage and Brus­sels sprouts.

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