Vegetable Gardening in February
A new year, a new vegetable bed! Spring is only round the corner, and now is the time to begin preparing your vegetable beds to help ensure a bumper 2014 crop!A new year, a new vegetable plot !
February is upon us and Spring is only just round the corner. Now is the time to begin planning and preparing your vegetable plots to ensure a bumper crop this year.
There are several jobs to do in the garden at this time of year but some of the top jobs to consider doing to revitalise your vegetable garden now could be:
- The ground may be very wet and soggy due to the high levels of rainfall we have had over the winter. With the overall wet and mild conditions we have had the soil could be gently lifted with a fork to reduce any compaction. Any surviving weeds and winter debris can be removed.
- To improve the structure of worked and used soil it is a good idea to dig in some form of organic matter such as well rotted farmhouse manure or a good mulch. Once any organic matter has been forked in level the vegetable plot afterwards. This will save time when you are ready to start sowing seeds or planting out.
- Collect and save cardboard egg boxes as they will come in handy for chitting potatoes next month, they can also be used as biodegradable seed trays or cut up they can be used as tiny biodegradable seed pots.
- Making the most of your garden comes down to good planning and preparation. Plan a crop rotation system for vegetable plots to ensure the same crops are not grown in the same beds year after year which will help prevent pest and disease build-up. Consider where certain vegetables are going to be finally planted out as some plants have different growing conditions.
Dont forget that you may still have winter vegetables in the ground which can be harvested as and when required and which will still be good to enjoy now. These winter veg may include leeks, swede, celeriac, parsnip, sprouting broccoli and brussels sprouts.
If you do not have any of these vegetables ready at this time of year you could plant them towards the end of the summer so they will be ready to harvest in the winter months.
Sowing and Planting
- Sow broad beans in pots in mild areas, placing them in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse.
- Sow seed indoor for early crops eg: lettuces, summer brassicas (e.g. cabbages and cauliflowers), spinach, salad onions and turnips.
- Sow Onion Seed in a heated propagator.
With thoughts of the new gardening year ahead don't forget that our protective fungicide Fruit and Vegetable Disease Control not only controls damping off disease of seedlings but it can also be used during the growing season to control diseases such as peach leaf curl (Feburary) blight on tomatoes and potatoes (June onwards), and many more.