Alan Titchmarsh shares his top tips for tidying and preparing your garden in the winter

Winter can be a bleak time of year if you’re a gardener as the weather remains cold and rainy. If you’re looking for things to do in the garden during the winter months, Alan has shared his top tips for tidying and clearing the garden ready for spring. Alan suggested starting with your clay pots which are likely to have snails hibernating in them.

However, he warned gardeners that while they may look happy enough hibernating in your pots, they shouldn’t be left in there.

He explained: “But you don’t want to leave them, because come this spring, they’ll start munching everything.

“What you do is entirely up to you.

“Me, I’ve never been able to crunch a snail underfoot.”

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He added: “But if you really want to be posh and clever, then these proper pot washing brushes are wonderful and you can use them outside as well as in.

“And again, when you’ve got it all off, do that trick of standing them and letting them drain.”

Alan also said if you’re using a crock in a pot, this needs to be washed too.

The gardening expert’s next tip is to cover the soul with thick black polythene to warm it up.

Making sure your gardening tools are sharp and ready-to-use is another thing gardeners could do in the winter months.

Alan said: “Things like hoes need to be sharpened. All your tools need to be cleaned of mud.

“And that way you can make sure that when you come to use them, if they’re oiled and ready and hanging on the wall, as soon as you take them off and get on the soil, they’re ready to use; and you can probably also steal a march on the pheasants.”

Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh will air on Sunday at 10am on ITV.

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