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Although it's a quiet month there are a few essential tasks to carry out…


Fruit and vegetables

Tidying up

Now that a lot of the growth has died away, there's an opportunity to take a good look at the hard landscaping in the garden – the fences, paths and seats – to make sure they're all in good condition for next year.

Patios and paths can be scrubbed with a stiff broom or blasted with a pressure washer.

Treat any wooden structures in the garden, such as sheds, fences, and trellis, with preservative.

Clear out the garden shed and make sure it's secure for winter.


Stay off the lawn as much as possible, as frosty or waterlogged grass is easily damaged. If you have to go across it, try laying boards down temporarily.

Indoor bulbs and plants

Create indoor displays for winter tables. Brightly coloured stems and berries look beautiful and are a great substitute for cut flowers in winter.

If you only do one thing...

..hang out a bird feeder – somewhere you can see it but that the cats can't get to. There are lots of different ways to help birds through winter but a feeder is easy and rewarding. It's also one of the simplest methods of attracting a good variety of species. You'll probably see sparrows, and maybe finches and blue tits too. The ones that come will depend on what food you put out – see labels of bird food for details.