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■ Herba­ceous peren­ni­als with fleshy roots can be prop­a­gated suc­cess­fully from root cut­tings dur­ing late au­tumn and win­ter. Ver­bas­cum, prim­ula, Ja­panese anemones, acan­thus, ori­en­tal pop­pies and phlox are all suit­able species for this method.

■ Prune fruit bushes – red­cur­rants, goose­ber­ries, and black­cur­rants – dur­ing this dor­mant sea­son.

■ Mulch bare soil – this should keep it mostly weed free un­til next spring.

■ Con­tinue to mow the lawn if it is still grow­ing but try not to walk on frosty grass as this causes dam­age.

■ Blackspot on rose leaves will over­win­ter so pick up and dis­pose of any so af­fected.

■ If it’s too wet out­side, browse cat­a­logues and books to de­cide what seeds you will or­der for next spring’s sow­ing. Other in­door jobs in­clude giv­ing seed trays and pots a wash – us­ing a bit of bleach to ster­ilise them – as well as clean­ing and oil­ing gar­den­ing equip­ment such as se­ca­teurs, spades and forks.

Prune your fruit bushes this sea­son

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