It may still be cold outside, but there’s plenty of jobs you can be doing in your garden. Grab a cuppa and have a read through these February garden jobs.
As long as the soil isn’t frozen you can start to prepare your seed beds. Dig over the soil with a fork and remove any weeds, and then dig through a generous amount of compost. Use sheets of plastic, fleece or cloches to help keep the soil drier and to warm it up ready for planting in the spring.
If you have any perennial veg, such as rhubarb or asparagus, now’s the time to mulch them with garden compost or well-rotted manure.
Organise your seeds. Get yourself a box with dividers and organise your seeds by sowing month – it’s a small thing that can make a big difference when sowing season is in full swing!
Some seeds can be planted now – sow broad beans and start peas off in guttering.
Start chitting your earlies! Stand potatoes on end in an egg box and put them somewhere bright, cool, frost-free.Ask us about ground cover
In the flower beds …
Tackle perennial weeds (dandelions, brambles) by digging them up from the root.
Cut back ornamental grasses to within a few centimetres of the ground before new shoots appear.
Remove flowers which have gone over from winter pansies. This will stop them setting seed as well as encouraging new flowers when the weather gets a bit warmer.
Prune winter flowering plants to encourage new growth and to prevent ones such as heather from getting too leggy.
Cut back winter flowering shrubs once their colourful display is over.
If you need any advice on pruning, pop in and speak to Steve, our plant expert.
Now is also the time you can sow half-hard annuals. Some, such as begonias, need a long growing season, whilst others, such as zinnias, nasturtiums and cosmos can be left as late as April and MayAsk us about propagators
Around the garden …
Keep feeding the birds! Hang fat balls and keep feeders topped up. If you have deciduous hedges, trim them now before the birds start to nest.
Towards the end of the month, prune summer flowering clematis, before it starts to produce new growth. Now is also the time to prune wisteria, cutting back any side shoots you don’t want to 2-3 buds.
Inside jobs …
Of course, it’s still rather chilly outside, so warm up with a cup of something hot whilst you design your flower beds and vegetable garden. Then you can order seeds, flower bulbs and plug plants – having a plan drawn up will help you decide what you need and the quantities.
Sow indoors (under cover):
Artichoke (Globe & Jerusalem)
Plant out (seedlings)
Tomato (indoor)Ask us for planting advice
Loose Seed Potatoes
Loose Onion Sets