Gardening in January and February: It might be cold but the garden is starting to come alive, so get digging, feeding, mulching and pruning in preparation for the year ahead


 It’s time to prune deciduous shrubs and fruit trees, before the sap starts to rise and the buds break. Cut out anything that’s dead, diseased or damaged. Also look at the shape of trees and shrubs – rounded is usually best, with no crossing branches. However if you’re dealing with a large tree it’s probably better to leave it to a tree surgeon.


If you want to grow something a bit different, think about planting seeds, as it gives you an enormous range of options.

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