Bangor Mail

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

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IT’S the rainy season so make sure your drains are clear of twigs and leaves. You can stand pots on bricks to help drain them more quickly. Try not to walk on lawns that are sodden.

LARGE tender plants such as bananas, olives, palms, bay trees, cordylines, echiums, gingers and tree ferns can be wrapped up with horticultu­ral fleece for winter. Tree ferns need their fronds tied up first so they don’t snap off, though in milder areas you can just cover the crown, even with a bit of straw.

LAG outdoor taps and drainpipes to prevent damage.

IF you leave your carrots in the ground over winter, insulate with a layer of straw. Gently lift leeks as required – the rest can remain in the ground until they are needed.

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