5 quick jobs
Sow hardy lettuces like ‘Winter Gem’ in a heated propagator, to transplant under cold frames or into greenhouse borders in March. Provided your soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged, now is the perfect time to plant bare-root fruit trees, bushes and canes. Harvest winter cabbages and kales. Cabbage stumps may sprout fresh ‘greens’; keep picking the outer leaves off kale rosettes.
Don’t neglect stored maincrop potatoes. Rotting tubers can quickly spoil others so check bags and crates frequently. Lifting leeks and parsnips from frozen soil isn’t fun. Lift batches in mild spells, ‘planting’ in a pot of moist compost in the shed.