the last of the leaves will have fallen by now and except where they he protectingly over next year's bulbs they should be swept up and piled onto the compost heap (not put onto the bonfire unless they are suspected of disease). Weeds or woody stalks or diseased plant waste, together with tree prunings, should all be burned.
All vacant ground should be dug and trenched and manured. A spread of lime will help to break down heavy soil.
Grease bands should already be on all fruit trees. Pruning the fruit trees should be seen to now except when there is danger of frost.
Strawberry beds will benefit from a spreading of compost between the rows.
Any young crops in the vegetable beds should be gone over carefully for traces of slugs, and slug killer put down if necessary. Stored roots must be examined from time to time and any that show signs of disease removed at once and burned.
Young broccoli heads should be protected from frost by having a leaf bent down over them. Early broccoli that may be maturing should be used at once and not allowed to bolt The same applies to late-maturing cauliflowers.