Keep an eye on winter protection, and if you have a greenhouse, make sure the heater works.

It's time to think about pruning apples and pears too.

Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place.

Check that greenhouse heaters are working.

Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing.

Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls).

Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding.

Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops.

Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted.

Take hardwood cuttings.

Keep mice away from stored produce.

Reduce watering of houseplants.

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