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Mid­win­ter is a time to pre­pare for the busy spring pe­riod ahead. It’s a good time to take stock of your gar­den shed or garage where you store tools and in­spect them. Some may need clean­ing, oil­ing, re­pair­ing or re­plac­ing. Could your trusty mower do with a ser­vice? Start col­lect­ing egg boxes as these are great for chit­ting and get­ting seed pota­toes off to a good start. Prune roses while dor­mant. As helle­bore flow­ers emerge, re­move old fo­liage which look raggedy now. For sweeter ear­lier stems, force rhubarb by cov­er­ing crowns with a dark bucket to ex­clude light. Clean up any bird baths and feed­ers be­cause the bac­te­ria that builds up can be harm­ful for birds.

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