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- Prune grapevines
If you are the proud owner of a grapevine this is the month to prune it. Vines are dormant at this time of year so they won't be damaged by pruning. Leave it later and they run the chance of sap bleeding from the cuts, which can weaken the plants.
- Update -Big Garden Birdwatch
The weather definitely had an effect on our Big Garden Birdwatch at the weekend. Strong winds, rain, hail and snow all conspired to make the number of birds in the garden at an all time low!
- Weeding- how to spot and deal with those weeds as you dig!
If you have a new plot or border to dig over that has been invaded with weeds it pays to know your enemy. Here's a quick guide to dealing with those unwanted plants as you prepare the soil. It's been a mild winter so far, so do the job as soon as soil is workable and you'll end up with weed free soil that is ready to plant or sow into when spring arrives.
- Improve the soil as you dig
Getting the most from your garden or vegetable plot depends a lot on how good your soil is. In the height of summer it's easy to forget that soil needs looking after too. But winter and early spring provide the perfect opportunity while you're digging over any bare ground to improve its structure and add vital nutrients.
- Big Garden Birdwatch 25-26 January 2014
Register NOW to take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. It's so easy to take part - just spend an hour over the weekend to count the birds you see in your garden!
- Frost can be good! WINTER DIGGING
Scraping car windscreens may be a pain but frost can be good for the garden; especially after winter digging .
- FRUIT TREES and BEDDING Revival
Toby Buckland made a great case for growing our own fruit and Christine Walkden gave us some great reasons to revive bedding schemes.
- Great British Garden Revival - Herbaceous Borders and Kitchen Gardens
Herbaceous Borders and ornamental Kitchen Gardens. The Great British Garden Revival on BBC2 last night was right up our street with its focus on Herbaceous Borders and ornamental Kitchen Gardens.
- The Great British Garden Revival-Shrubs and Glasshouses
SHRUBS On 10th January Matt James was waxing lyrical about shrubs, and Diarmuid Gavin lent a hand with making some cold frames.
- LAWNS & TROPICAL GARDEN Revival on TV
LAWNS Sarah Raven was rooting for a Great British Lawn Revival with some lush green lawns featured. While James Wong was definitely inspiring with his plea for a TROPICAL GARDENS revival!