February Gardening Tips

February Gardening Tips

February is a productive time in the garden. As spring approaches spring bulbs are emerging from underground. Temperatures and light are on our side.

Start to plan and put into action jobs around the garden.

  • Protect tender Apricot,Peach,Nectarine, blooms from frost cover with fleece.
  • Prune back winter flowering jasmine shrubs.
  • Prepare seed beds for vegetable sowing, apply farmyard manure or soil conditioners.
  • Warm up the vegetable plot with polythene or fleece.
  • Weed out dandelions and perennial weeds.
  • Apply patio cleaners to slippery areas.
  • Cut back old foliage on ornamental grasses.
  • Prune back Autumn fruiting raspberries.
  • Plant soft fruit for example Gooseberries and Blackcurrants.
  • Plant Rhubarb crowns now.
  • Onion sets, asparagus and garlic available now to purchase.
  • Cut back Boston Ivies and Virginia creeper if out of control now.
  • Plant early Herbs Rosemary and Thyme.
  • Sow Sweet Peas in root trainers.
  • Plant out pot grown bulbs for example Snowdrops, Crocus, Daffodils.
  • Plant out Primroses lots of colour to brighten up your containers.
  • Plant Violas and Pansies (the French word for pansy is Pensee which translates to thought) so often is a good solution to a present .
  • Now is the time to select seed potatoes (seed potatoes are chittted prior to planting this provides greater yields).
  • About a week or two prior to planting place seed potatoes in a warm spot. When the sprouts are about half inch they are ready to plant.
  • First Early potatoes (these are the first to yield normally June and are the new potato type waxy skins).
  • Second Early Potatoes (these are the second to yield normally two to three weeks after. The First Early varieties also known as a new potato or salad potato waxy skins).
  • Main crop potatoes (these are the last to yield normally 20 weeks after planting they are the largest potato idea for jacket potatoes and roasting varieties).
  • We have all our seed potatoes in stock now.