February

February can sometimes be a mild month and bring an early spring, or it may remain very cold. The activities in your garden will be decided upon by temperature.

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  • As the soil begins to warm outside the weed seeds will start to germinate. This is mother natures advance notice that spring is starting.
  • Beware of a sudden cold snap though and protect any early sowings. Always make sure you have a plan b, never sow the whole packet just in case you have a crop failure.
  • Overgrown shrubs can be cut back and fed with some bone meal fertiliser.
  • Prune trees and summer flowering clematis.
  • Sow annual flower seeds under cover eg. Busy Lizzies, Petunias and Sunflowers and Alyssum.
  • Top dress containers by replacing top inch with new compost.
  • Snowdrops can be divided and planted.
  • New plants can be propagated from hardwood cuttings of Buddleia, Honeysuckle and Dogwood.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs.
  • Improve your soil by digging in some top soil or organic farmyard manure.
  • Don’t forget the birds, they will still need feeding and now is the time to put up some bird boxes.
  • Patios, paths and driveways can be cleaned in preparation for spring.
  • Forcing jars can be place over clumps of rhubarb.
  • Buy and chit early potatoes.
  • Onion sets can now be planted out.
  • Sow vegetable seeds such as cut and come again lettuce, early carrots, parsnips and broccoli.
  • Peppers, aubergines, chillies and tomatoes can be sown indoors to give you the earliest plants for growing in the greenhouse.
  • Sow broad beans individually in 3inch pots and leave to germinate on the window sill.
  • Don’t forget crop rotation. Prevent the build up of pests and diseases in the soil by rotating your crops around the veg patch.