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Win 1 of 10 £50 National Garden Gift Vouchers

This year you can make a gift last all year round as we have teamed up with National Garden Gift Vouchers to give away 1 of 10 £50 vouchers for UnderTheChristmasTree readers!

Giving the gift of gardening this Christmas will plant a huge smile on any green-fingered family or friend’s face. Whether you are the next Monty Don or a beginner, getting out into the garden can be fun and give you a great feel of achievement.

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win 1 of 10 £50 national garden gift vouchers

National Garden Gift Vouchers let green-fingered family and friends choose the gifts they really want and that keep on living long after Christmas has gone. Whether it’s plants and shrubs for brightening up flower beds, garden furniture or accessories that make outdoor living easy or simply new look pots and containers for an instant garden or patio makeover. Spending them couldn’t be easier as they can be used at over 2,000 outlets across the UK.


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2. Simply comment on this page and share with us your tips and tricks for winter gardening.
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The competition will end on 14th of October 2013 where a random winner will be picked and notified the following day.

Good Luck!

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234 Comments

  1. Yvette D
    October 14, 2013 / 9:20 am

    Make sure you dead head and prune back your plants so they are ready for next spring

  2. Pat Stubbs
    October 14, 2013 / 9:58 am

    Make sure you don’t purt off jobs that really need doing and take every advantage of any autumn sunshine days

  3. debra applegate
    October 14, 2013 / 10:15 am

    make the most of the dry fine days and get as much as possible done so you don’t have to worry when the weather turns wet and cold

  4. Jennifer Rhymer
    October 14, 2013 / 11:19 am

    I’m not the best at gardening but I always cover my delicate plants with mulch before the first frost to protect them throughout winter 🙂

  5. Alison Macdonald
    October 14, 2013 / 11:37 am

    Keep on top of sweeping up old leaves from your gardens (to stop people slipping!) pop them in your composting bin to recycle 🙂

  6. ben lord
    October 14, 2013 / 11:50 am

    dig over early to let the frost break down the soil, then rake and hoe to expose and kill slug eggs.

  7. Joanne Higgins
    October 14, 2013 / 12:29 pm

    This is our first garden so my tip is, if you are planning on fruit bushes next year, buy and plant now, avalible at a fraction of there normal price and they dont look much now but by next summer they should be very fruitful xx

  8. tracy
    October 14, 2013 / 1:37 pm

    At this time of year I tend to ‘tidy up’ ready for Spring. My biggest concern is making sure the local birds and wildlife have enough to eat, so keep all bird feeders etc topped up – as well as a clean (unfrozen) water source for them to drink from.

  9. Angela Wilcox
    October 14, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    cover over empty beds so that less weeding to do come spring

  10. Helen Milner
    October 14, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    Involve the kids, more hands, easier job x

  11. ANNIE H
    October 14, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    If you have a weedy patch you want to cultivate get on top of it by digging and weeding before the weeds start to come through again in the spring.

  12. Mrs T
    October 14, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    I clean and dry any empty pots with a vinegar and water mixture to store over winter and just rinse through again when needed allowing them to air dry in the spring sunshine before refilling.

  13. Linda Gray
    October 14, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    Turn off water supply to outside taps to prevent burst pipes over the winter period.

  14. Petra B
    October 14, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    When tidying the garden for winter, don’t forget to collect any available seeds – best to store them cool and in paper bags, shallow dishes or open containers. Don’t use plastic bags or air-tight containers to prevent them from going mouldy. You will be ready to go again next spring!

  15. Claire Nelson
    October 14, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    Make sure you clear up any leaves and put bubble wrap round any precious plant pots.

  16. Mary Campbell
    October 14, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    Use the winter to clean and remove dirt and rust from your gardening tools, and use a mild detergent to disinfect pots and seed trays 🙂

  17. Erica Price
    October 14, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    Don’t tidy up till spring so that the insects have somewhere to live.

  18. TRACY MOORE
    October 14, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    Pick up and store dead leaves in a secluded part of your garden, let them rot over winter months then spread around plants and shrubs next year.

  19. Andrew Sales
    October 14, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    Get someone to help. 😉

  20. nicola hirons
    October 14, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    Ten minutes gardening every day keeps the garden tidy and clean

  21. Nyck
    October 14, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    Plant up a winter tub with heather, pansies and some cyclamen, underplanted with small bulbs like crocus, chionodoxa and iris and you’ll have something to enjoy from September until May. Just tidy up and replant the pansies next autumn.

  22. John Hirons
    October 14, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    Planting cyclamen in shady borders as they are very hardy and look cute also low maintenance, can also look good in a hanging basket .

  23. Carole
    October 14, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    Get the garden as tidy as possible before the really cold weather starts and look to protect any vulnerable plants.

  24. Nick B
    October 14, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Make sure you are ready for the first frost; in a small garden the mini greenhouses work really well

  25. tAMSIN dEAN
    October 14, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    hAVE A GOOD SORT OUT AND CLEAN OF YOUR SHED/GREENHOUSE/EQUIPMENT, SO ONCE SPRING STARTS THERE IS LESS WORK TO DO AND EVERYTHING IS ORGANISED, ALSO PACK AWAY ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO GET DAMAGED

  26. Lindy Hine
    October 14, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Get the cutting back and pruning done so that it can all start to shoot again in Spring

  27. sue lempkowski
    October 14, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    trim all the bushes back and tidy up the leaves

  28. Philip
    October 14, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    Put a board down to avoid compaction (and muddy shoes) on the soft wet grass or soil.

  29. jodie harvey
    October 14, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    invest in a birdfeeder and make or buy some bird feed and youl get beautiful robins and other birds on your garden, its a lovely sight when theres snow on the ground and a little robin hopping around x

  30. Dee
    October 14, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    I always plant up a couple of tubs for winter colour and put them either side of the front door, as that’s mostly all I see of the garden in winter when I come home from work!

  31. Chantelle
    October 14, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    Even if it’s too wet to mow the lawns keep the edges of flowerbeds and borders neat to help the garden stay looking tidy

  32. Jocelyn Clark
    October 15, 2013 / 9:29 am

    Make sure all baskets are well watered they can easily dry out even in winter

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