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February garden planner


What to do in your garden in February?

What to do in your garden in February?

Maintain

  • Cut down stems that have been left over winter for the birds and for decoration.
  • Stand containers on bricks if they have become waterlogged.
  • Clean algae from steps and paths to prevent accidents.
  • Clear out any decaying material from ponds.

 

Prune

  • Cut buddleia back hard to a few inches above the ground to encourage bushy growth and plentiful flowers.
  • Prune hard summer-flowering deciduous shrubs such as jasmine, lavatera and hardy fuchsia.
  • Cut out old canes on autumn-fruiting raspberries.
  • Prune blueberries by cutting out some of the oldest stems.
  • Prune summer-flowering clematis including viticella varieties: cut stems back to a low-growing, strong pair of buds.

 

Prepare

  • Prepare potatoes for planting: Buy specialist 'seed' potatoes from garden centre. Place one per pocket in egg-boxes and stand them on a sunny windowsill. When the seed potatoes produce substantial shoots, either plant them deeply in the ground or bury three in a large planter half-filled with multipurpose compost. As foliage appears, cover with compost and dig out potatoes from ground or planter when flowers appear.
  • Prepare the ground for sowing vegetables by digging in plenty of home-grown compost when the ground is dry. Warm soil so you can sow earlier, by covering with fleece or plastic.
  • Make a crop rotation plan for the vegetable patch to prevent the build-up of disease by planting the same vegetable, in the same place more than one year running.

 

Grow

  • You might not be able to get out into the garden to harvest greens, but you can still sow and grow, by sowing seeds of sprouts on a tray of compost. Keep on a sunny windowsill, and you can have delicious and healthy salad toppings in a matter of days. Try beetroot, spicy purple radish and mizuna.
  • Use hardwood pruning for cuttings. Take stems about the thickness of a pencil and trim to about 30cm, cutting the base end at a slant so you know which end to root. Push each one into a deep slit in a spare patch of well-drained soil, or into a deep container. Firm in and water. In a year's time, you should be able to dig up the rooted cuttings and plant them out.
  • Sow broad beans under cover.

 

Plant

  • For snowdrops next winter, plant snowdrops, at the same depth, i.e. with paler foliage under the ground.