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Winterise the garden – check for anything that's likely to be at risk from cold, wind or water-logging.
Think about any garden designing, alterations or constriction you'd like to do over the winter while there is not too much routine gardening to do: start planning, collect catalogues and order materials.
Separate stored apples with paper so that if one fruit starts to rot it doesn’t spread to the rest.
Plant tulip, hyacinth and lily bulbs.
Protect young and slightly tender plants from cold by adding a deep mulch of bracken or bark chippings over the roots.
Remove dead leaves and stems from the tops of border plants.
By mid month dig up carrots and parsnips and store them in the fridge or shed.
Harvest leeks and Brussels sprouts.
If it's very wet keep off the lawn if possible, or protect it with a temporary path and sprinkle with sand if its slippery. Don't walk on frosty grass - when the thaw comes you'll see brown footprints.
Continue cutting the grass if it keeps growing, but with raised blades.
Remove dead leaves from the lawn. They can be made into leaf mould: excellent compost. Place the damp leaves in a black plastic bin liner, tie a knot in the top and fork a few air holes in it. Place the bag in a sheltered position in your garden and leave it for a year.
Lay turf, dig over areas for new lawns you plan to turf or sow in the spring.