Jobs to do in your Garden this February

 

Now is the time to get ahead to start planning your garden for spring

Here are just some key jobs you can do this month:

 

1. Chit Early Potatoes

How to chit your potatoes –

Chitting is a term that simply means encouraging the seed potatoes to sprout before planting. You usually start chitting approx six weeks before you intend to plant out the potatoes.

Potatoes usually start to chit when exposed to light and heat so place them somewhere warm and light but it must be Frost Free. A conservatory or porch are usually good locations.

Place them in trays in a single layer with eyes facing upwards. They are usually ready to plant once you have 2 or 3 chits that are between 1.5-2.5cm long.

You can find out more on how to plant your Potatoes here

2. Prune winter flowering shrubs

Prune deciduous shrubs to help encourage stronger, more healthy shoots and improve flowering. Pruning annually can also prolong the life of these early-flowering shrubs.

3. Divide bulbs such as Snowdrops

Bulbs such as Snowdrops can naturally multiply by producing offsets. A great way to expand bulbs in your garden is to divide them, the new plants will be identical to the parent bulb.

How to divide bulbs –

Detach the offsets and pot up. Hardy larger offsets can be replatned in the ground straight away, but smaller offsets would benefit from growing in the pots until they are larger in size.

4. Prune Wisteria

Whilst it isn’t essential to prune Wisteria it does have benefits such as encouraging flowering twice a year, and improving air circulation and sunlight for new growth.

5. Cut back Deciduous Grasses

Cutting back deciduous grasses every February will ensure they look the best in the coming months.

 

 

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