February Gardening Tips

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It may be my imagination but I like to think that, when the sun comes out, I am hearing the birds chirrup just that little bit more optimistically now, heralding that spring is on the way. Some of the early daffodils are already fat with bud in my garden with the later flowering varieties poking up through the soil like mini green telegraph poles. I have also seen lots of Snowdrops making a welcome re-appearance. If you didn’t plant bulbs in the autumn there are plenty of pot grown ones to buy to cheer up your borders or doorstep. I am about to plant out the hyacinths that have filled the interior of my home with perfumed flowers so they can come up next year in the garden. Here are some other things to be getting on with as the month progresses.

 

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Once they have finished flowering, split clumps of overcrowded Snowdrops and replant.

  • Plant trees, shrubs and perennials provided the ground is not frozen.
  • Mulch borders.
  • Sow bedding plant seeds in a heated propagator.
  • You can also sow Tomatoes.
  • Dead head winter Pansies and Primroses.
  • Firm any Alpines that have been lifted by frost back into the soil.
  • Sow Broad Beans, Carrots and Parsnips under cloches.
  • Sow Onions, Peas, Leeks and Cabbage in a propagator.
  • Sow Parsley in a seed tray.
  • Cut autumn fruiting Raspberry canes to the ground and others to a bud above the top wire.
  • Continue to prune established fruit trees.