The cold weather is well and truly making its mark now, but there’s still plenty to be done in the garden to keep it ticking over through the harsher, winter months.

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Winter can be a tough time for birds. You can help by making sure they have plenty of food plus access to water if possible. We have a fantastic range of bird feeders and food at wilko.

If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, why not try making your own feeder? All you’ll need is a slice of stale bread, peanut butter, bird seed and some string. Simply make a hole in the top of the bread and thread a piece of string through and tie at one end so it’s secure to the bread. Make sure the string is long enough to allow you to hang it from a tree or other bird-friendly place. Then spread the bread with peanut butter and press it face down into the bird seed. It’s that easy – all you have to do now is hang it outside and let the local birds flock to your garden!

Protect your plants

Cover your plants or move them to a sheltered spot if you can. A greenhouse can be a fantastic investment and a great addition to any garden and doesn’t need to cost a lot. It’s important to protect your plants before the first frost strikes. Some tender shrubs and plants benefit from being wrapped in bubble wrap or fleece. A layer of grit around herbaceous perennials will stop moisture collecting and rotting the stems. Then just add a layer of bark compost or mulch at least 5cm (2in) deep to keep them warm.

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How to keep moths away from trees

Moths can be a bit of a problem during the winter months. Keep your trees protected by using grease bands around the trunk. They can make a big difference and are so easy to pop on.

November check list:

Fruit and veg

  • Finish pruning fruit canes
  • Plant bare-rooted fruit brushes and canes
  • Plant early broad beans and peas
  • Plant short day onions

Ornamental

Hard gardening

  • Clean exterior of greenhouse
  • Clean and maintain tools
  • Plan hard landscaping jobs
  • Drain garden hoses and store

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