GARDENING: Jobs for this weekend

RHUBARB: Plant new crowns this weekend.
RHUBARB: Plant new crowns this weekend.
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CUT back and remove dying foliage from pond edges, and net the water if you haven’t already done so.

* Apply grease bands to fruit trees and their stakes.

* Stack shredded leaves before using them as mulch.

* When you are tidying borders, don’t cut back any slightly tender plants. Mulch them deeply to protect them against a hard winter.

* Plant new rhubarb crowns, herbaceous perennials and clematis.

* Autumn-flowering cyclamen will establish well if planted now while they are in flower.

* Prepare bean trenches for next spring, with veg waste and cardboard/newspapers.

* Remove leaves from gunneras and use them to cover the crown to protect from frost.

* Cover parsley with cloches so that it crops through winter.

* If you’ve got tender plants, bring them indoors before they get killed by the frost. Choose a light, frost-free place. Keep them on the dry side during the winter, so they don’t put on much growth.

* If you haven’t done so already, lift all your maincrop potatoes on a dry day and store in bags in a cool dark place.

* Leave bean plant roots in the soil – they add nitrogen and can be dug in later.

* Cut back old wood on blackcurrants and gooseberries, and remove any wispy growth.

* Once all the fruit has been picked, let the birds into your fruit cage to pick off any pests.

* Plant daffodil and crocus bulbs. Tulips can wait until next month.

* Give the greenhouse/conservatory a thorough clean with detergent and disinfectant to remove any pests.