February Gardening for Blog
Continue with any jobs not completed last month. Cut Hazel branches for pea and bean sticks. Working outside is very much weather dependant, if frosty try and keep off the grass, if pouring with rain don’t go digging! If the ground is saturated don’t walk on it or dig it!! More damage can be caused by doing jobs when the conditions aren’t favourable.
Mulching around trees, shrubs and vegetable areas done now will give everything a great start, work off scaffold boards if need be with your wheelbarrow.
Crack on with pruning Apples, Pears and grapevines. Plenty of pruning advice on the RHS website or buy yourself a pruning book. Check any fruit and vegetables stored, throw away any rotten fruit or recycle to the birds. Discard rotten onions, shallots, potatoes, corms and bulbs.
New season seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots are in the garden centres, so to are the new season summer flowering bulbs, corms and dahlias – Lillies, Gladioli, Nerines, Cannas etc. Chit seed potatoes, place in opened out egg boxes or trays with the dormant buds uppermost so the potatoes sprout (chitting). Place in a light, frost free position not too warm.
National Nest Box week is in February. Clean out boxes, repair or wood preservative. If you suffer from woodpecker damage or predation from them or squirrels invest in a woodcrete nest box, no maintenance apart from emptying the nest out, they last for 10 years plus.
Check indoor or greenhouse plants for pests and diseases. If soil temperatures and conditions allow think about seed sowing some early vegetables, broadbeans, lettuce, radish, spinach, carrots and sweet peas.
Greenhouse – If you have a heated on or heated propagator this is where they come into their own. Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions can be started in fresh compost that has been brought inside to warm up. Do Not sow seeds into cold wet compost! They won’t germinate, waste of time, money and poor results.
Check any seedlings for damage from mice, slugs and snails regularly!
Fruit trees apply fruit tree grease or grease bands. Spray with winter wash to control over wintering eggs of greenfly. Copper fungicide or Bordeaux mixture needs spraying on peaches to prevent peach leaf curl.