Spring is in sight! And there are lots of excuses to get back into the garden in February. Good winter preparation is really important for growing loads of wonderful fruit, veg and herbs.
JOBS TO DO IN THE GARDEN IN FEBRUARY:
- Order your vegetable seeds and plan crop rotation
- Buy onion sets and asparagus crowns (to plant in the spring)
- Sow seeds undercover
- Force rhubarb (cover rhubarb crowns with an upturned bucket, clay pot or layer of straw to force them to grow faster, seeking out light. They will be ready for harvesting in around 7-8 weeks)
- Prune apple and pear trees (leave plums and cherries until the summer)
- Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost (don’t mulch up too high around trunks)
- Plant new currant and berry bushes (also thin out existing currants and berries and transplant to other spots)
- Take currant and berry cuttings to grow new bushes (take your cuttings from new wood on the bush (lighter coloured) about 20 cm long just below a bud and put in the ground 10-15 cm deep)
- Mulch perennial vegetables (e.g. asparagus, artichokes) with well-rotted manure or garden compost
- Chit potatoes (leave seed potatoes for 4-6 weeks to sprout in a cool frost-free place with lots of light to give them a head start when you plant them out in the spring)
- Prepare beds (incorporate lots of organic matter and get on top of the weeds)
- Clean pots, polytunnels and greenhouses
If anyone has any tips, questions or suggestions, please comment below.