To do this wek
1 This is the best time to get your lawnmower serviced, if possible by the company that sold it to you.
2 During cold weather, squirrels, rabbits and even deer (depending on where you are) are more likely to nibble valuable plants. You may need to put up a fence or other deterrents.
3 Start an early crop of potatoes in a large container or a tub. Do this in a greenhouse or polytunnel and you will have new potatoes in time for Easter.
4 Cover a patch in your vegetable garden with a firmly secured sheet of plastic. This will warm the soil, as well as drying it out, leaving it ready for spring crops.
5 Use mulch wherever possible – it improves the soil structure and fertility, stops it drying out and suppresses weeds. A 3-5cm layer of organic compost is ideal.