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Gardens: Do it; JOBS FOR THE WEEK.

EASY PUT nuts, fruit and fatty cake out for the birds plus a bowl of water. Note that some birds are ground-feeders while others prefer to take food off a bird table or hanging feeder, so cater for all tastes.

LEAVE the roots of beans in the ground after harvesting as they naturally help set nitrogen in the soil.

SUSPEND old CDs strung on wire lines across vegetable rows to scare off birds.

EFFORT TIDY up herb beds. Dig up and compost annual varieties. Cut back spent flowers and old foliage on perennials. Harvest the remaining healthy leaves of culinary herbs for drying.

GIVE borders a boost by covering bare soil with coloured evergreens such as bronze-leaved bergenia or elephant ears and the gold-variegated varieties of euonymus, which take on rich reddish tones as the temperature drops.

PLANT a variety of spring bulbs in individual small pots to provide a succession of flowering plants to fill gaps in containers and flowerbeds from February through to May.

TOUGH DETER intruders by keeping plants trimmed back to about waist height and spotlighting any areas that are in deep shadow at night. Use gravel paths, which make a loud noise under foot to prevent thieves moving around silently.

MAKE new flowerbeds. If you have a large lawn, consider extending an existing bed with a kidney-shaped arm to divide the garden with a bed that will look beautiful from every angle.

SPIKE badly-drained and worn areas of the lawn with a garden fork to aerate the turf and ease compaction.
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Date:Oct 26, 2008
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