Bristol Post - - HOMES AND LIVING -

■ Take a walk through your gar­den and see what seeds or berries are avail­able to col­lect, and keep for spring sow­ings.

■ Not ev­ery­thing needs to be ti­died up – a pile of leaves can make a cosy bed for a hedge­hog this win­ter.

■ Have you got all your gar­den fur­ni­ture in­doors or cov­ered up for the win­ter? In the garage, these can be cleaned or rubbed with oil as nec­es­sary, or painted. ■ Acers and birches which need prun­ing should be done now to avoid risk of bleed­ing – their sap rises early so don’t leave it un­til spring. In gen­eral they don’t re­quire any prun­ing but if there is branch that is in an awk­ward po­si­tion or is dis­eased, now is the time to give it the chop.

■ Vines can be pruned hard, back to two buds of last year’s growth, to en­cour­age fruit­ing spurs next time. ■ There’s still a fair amount of weeds in the ground – so dig them out or spray them off so you don’t have to face them in the spring.

■ Re­tail­ers are dis­count­ing bulbs now so grab a few and get them in the ground.

Leaves can make a cosy bed for hedge­hogs

It’s time to get rid of those weeds

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