- Plant shallots and garlic in mild areas with well-drained soil.
- Parsnips taste better when frosted. Make sure to mark the trench, and cover it with a protective layer of cardboard if hard frosts are forecast.
- Stake or earth up any Brussels sprouts stalks that look leggy and vulnerable to wind rock.
- If you have not done so already, now is the time to dig over and incorporate soil improvers into vacant areas of the vegetable plot.
- Clean and store bamboo canes in the shed or other dry place to ensure they're still in good condition for next year. Broken or rotted ones can be shortened, where possible, for re-use.
- Plant new trees and bushes. Don't plant if the ground is too wet or frosted.
- Thin out congested spurs of restricted fruit trees.
- Prune apples, pears, quinces and medlars.
- Prune red and white currants and gooseberries.
These tips have been taken from the Royal Horticultural Society, Grow your own section. Full details can be seen at