Gardening Tasks
February

trim

  • Cut back ivy and trim hedges before birds start nesting.
  • Prune winter-flowering shrubs and wisteria.
  • Prune Salix (willow) and Cornus (dogwood) to renew stems.
  • Take root cuttings of eryngiums, oriental poppies, phlox, Japanese anemones and acanthus.
  • Repot indoor plants when roots appear through container base.

vent

  • Ventilate greenhouse on mild days to prevent fungal problems.
  • Start dahlia tubers into growth in the greenhouse.
  • Seed packets are available now from our Trading Centre.
  • Sow in the greenhouse lettuce, rocket, radish and parsley.
  • Sow slow-growing half-hardy annuals and perennials.

potatoes

  • Seed potatoes are available now from our Trading Centre.
    Chit in a light, cool, frost-free place, eyes facing upwards.
  • Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow under cloches cauliflower and summer cabbage.
  • Harvest leeks, parsnips, swedes, kale and brussels sprouts.

cloches

  • Put cloches over strawberries to encourage early fruiting.
  • Last chance to plant bare-rooted raspberries.
  • Cut autumn-fruiting raspberries back to ground level.
  • Tuck straw around rhubarb crowns and cover with a forcing jar for early stems.
  • Final prune apples, pears, figs, currants and gooseberries.

compost

  • Dig over the locations of new beds and borders applying compost and well rotted manure.
  • Hoe established beds, clear weeds and loosen soil surface.