Living: In the garden: 10 TOP JOBS FOR THE WEEK.
1 This is a great time for planting hedges of privet or hawthorn. Existing hedges can still be trimmed back.
2 You'll find lily of the valley crowns for sale at this time of the year, and it's essential to plant them as soon as possible to ensure they grow satisfactorily.
3 Two rather uncommon root vegetables, Scorzonera and Salsify, can be lifted and stored in damp sand or old potting compost for spring use.
4 Clear as many areas of the garden as possible in anticipation of winter digging. 5Some gardeners like to sow broad beans such as Early Longpod but I prefer spring-sown varieties which are much sweeter to eat and are less difficult to grow.
6 There's still time to plant up pots and bowls of bulbs, but complete bulb planting out of doors as soon as possible.
7 Water all houseplants only when they need it, especially during damp weather conditions and poor light levels - they're simply not using it at this time of the year and they can rot off.
8 Get on with winter digging of vacant ground but only if soil conditions are acceptable. Years of work can be spoilt by damaging a soil when it's too wet.
9 Have a thorough check around the garden for loose plants. Prune, stake, tie up as appropriate but get qualified help with trees - don't tackle big jobs on your own.
10 Old herbaceous plants can be cut down and deciduous hedges given a final cut. The lawn may need a light mowing if weather and soil conditions permit.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Nov 10, 2002|
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