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It's still Winter but even if the days remain cold, they get noticeably longer.  The vegetable patch is at rest, but you can still take advantage of the longer days to mulch your plants and prepare the soil and your seeds.  At the end of the month you can plant shallots and jerusalem artichokes, as well as onions and garlic if the weather is mild.  Seeds should be planted under a cloche or a protective tunnel.

It is still the time to plant trees and bushes in the orchard.  Help your fruit trees resist the cold by fertilizing them with well-decomposed animal dung.  The last Winter pruning should be carried out in this month, especially on the apple trees, pear trees and vines.

In the ornamental garden, prune the heathers which have lost their flowers and start exposing your dahlia bulbs which have up to now been protected from the harsh cold.  It is also the time to replant the lawn and prune the Summer flowering trees and bushes before they start vegetating again.

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