Blog post by Madeleine
The garden has not been very inviting over the last few weeks. It just seems to be tidying up jobs that need to be done and as there is no rush for this, they tend to get put off.
Things that really do need your attention are the hoses that need to be put away. Cover any pot that you have which are not frost proof with jute material, or fleece, this will stop them from cracking. Lifting them off the ground with blocks of wood or special ceramic feet are also good ideas. A lot of these pots are made for the Mediterranean not England! Also cover any plants such as palms/fragile lavenders with fleece jackets that are made for this job.
Now very importantly, decide what you want for Christmas and let a few hints get dropped – a new pair of gloves – some cloches – a pair of secateurs. Look at the seed catalogues and decide what you want to grow next year. This is indoor gardening and all needs to be done, so why not when it is cold and wet outside. Some seeds such as tomatoes and peppers need to be sown as soon as January so watch out.