Plenty to get on with in the garden this month, if the soil is workable, dig in well rotted compost or manure, keeping areas clear where you intend to grow carrots or parsnips, to avoid forked roots. You can also work in a general purpose fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure, or fish blood and bone. Now is also an ideal time to plant bare root roses and if you have not already done so. Finish pruning established roses , and give them a good feed of rose fertiliser. There is still time to lift and divide your herbaceous perennials, to improve their vigour and create more plants. Finish cutting shrubs, grown for their colourful Winter stems, such as cornus and salix cultivars, cut them back to their bases. Mahonias, cut out the top rosette, after flowering, to encourage branching. Trim Winter flowering heathers, as soon as they have finished flowering, to prevent plants becoming leggy. In the vegetable garden, a start can be made “chitting” early seed potatoes, these can be planted out at the end of the month. If you do not have room to plant them in the garden, try growing them in those special potato bags, well worth the effort. Plant onion, shallot & garlic sets if the ground is not frozen or waterlogged, alternatively pot up sets in individual pots for transplanting outside later on. In the fruit garden there is still time to plant bare root fruit trees. Cut down Autumn fruiting raspberry canes, right down to the ground, to stimulate growth of the new canes, Summer fruiting varieties, cut out the growing tips as they grow beyond their supports, remember to cut just above a bud. Feed your blueberries, giving them an ericaceous fertilizer, this will stimulate growth and fruiting. Mulch fruit trees and rhubarb with a thick layer of well rotted manure. In the green house, if you are “growing on” plug plants you have purchased , when potting them up, just add some “easy feed” or” plug boost”, so your plants get the very best start. Another useful tip ,is to give the growing tips a pinch out a couple of times this will make nice bushy plants and lots of flowers too. Prune back overwintered fuchsias to one or two buds on each stem. A start now can be made on sowing the seeds of Summer bedding plants & tomatoes . Re-pot orchids & other house plants before they start active growth. Ventilate the greenhouse on warm days. On a final note bring in bags of compost to the greenhouse a couple of weeks before using them , to allow them to warm up.