Fiann’s tips for the weekend

Now is time to get lagging outdoor taps, standpipes and irrigation lines before sudden frosts and annoying bursts, writes, Fiann Ó Nuallain.

  • Check overwintering veg for root rock and other potential pitfalls; earth up, stake in place, tie in or net as required.
  • Prune and tidy all fruits if not completed last month.
  • Cover cold susceptible crops.
  • Check that compost bins are covered to prevent an excess of rain from leaching away nutrients.
  • Ventilate greenhouses and polytunnels on warmer days to prevent moulds
  • Insulate glasshouses with bubble wrap and wrap garden tenders against frosts
  • Elevate pots off ground and remove saucers but leave one for the birds
  • Hardwood cuttings are still possible but get a move on.


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