February Gardening Tips

February Gardening Tips
  • Lift and divide Snowdrops in the green and plant into flowering positions for next year
  • Prune winter flowering Jasmine after it has flowered
  • Plant Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender and Parsley for fragrance in the garden
  • Sow hardy annuals in the greenhouse now using modular trays
  • Sow Sweet Peas in root trainers now
  • Plant fruit trees and soft fruit using a good planting compost. We recommend Rose, Tree and Shrub Compost. CLAREMONT TIP: Mixing in Mycorrhizal fungi will create more resilient plants and will stimulate root growth
  • Sow now: Broad Beans, Carrots, Parsnip, Early Beetroot, Salad Onions, Radish, Peas and Spinach
  • Plant Garlic, Rhubarb and Onion Sets
  • Start to chit seed Potatoes to form shoots
  • Plant early Potatoes if the soil is drained well. If not leave until March when the ground warms up
  • If you have forgotten to plant Spring flowering bulbs, then do not worry as you can choose from a selection of our pre-grown potted bulbs such as Daffodils, Crocus, Iris, Tulips and Snowdrops in store
  • Trim back winter flowering Heather flowers to stimulate new growth
  • Plant Gladioli corms and Dahlia tubers now
  • Remove yellowing leaves from Brassicas such as Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts to prevent downy mildew or grey mould spreading amongst the plants
  • Protect blossom on Apricots, Nectarines and Peaches by covering with fleece jackets to prevent frost damage

Five jobs for your allotment this February

  1. Clean and set up cloches, (or lay polythene) over the beds to warm up the soil for early sowing
  2. Dig over and top dress soil with manure and fertiliser
  3. Clean up all tools and replace and breakages from our large selection of cultivating tools in store so you are ready for the Spring
  4. Sow Broad Beans under cover as these are always the first in the season
  5. Plan your seed beds efficiently so that you ensure the best harvest whilst maintaining crop rotation