1Vegetables – choose a sunny day and de-weed any neglected ground. Open up a 60cm (2ins) deep runner bean trench and begin to fill it with vegetative kitchen scraps, shredded newspaper and old compost.

Cover a small piece of ground now with polythene to keep it warm and you may be able to sow some early peas, broad beans, carrots and turnips by the end of January.

2Fruit – heal-in delivered fruit trees and bushes in some spare ground until you are ready to plant them in their permanent positions.

Finish off any pruning of bush and top fruits now.