February Gardening Tips
This year we have not experienced a really cold snap. Although I guess there is still plenty of time. However, we do seem to have experienced an abundance of wet weather over the winter months so far and it is difficult to get out onto a squishy lawn and sodden flower beds without compacting the soil. However, I do believe February is a wonderful month for anticipating and preparing for spring when the garden will burst back into life…
Here are some ideas for February:
- Once the soil is a little drier, fork over the borders and incorporate homemade garden compost or some well-rotted manure. Use boards if you need to do much work that involves standing on wet soil or grass to minimise soil compaction.
- Trim deciduous hedging before nesting season.
- Lots of tempting summer flowering bulbs are now appearing in our garden centres, they promise so much and will deliver the heady scent of lilies and the splash of colour of Dahlias and Gladioli.
- Autumn fruiting raspberries are in need of a chop back to a few inches above the soil and a mulch.
- Divide clumps of snowdrops that have already flowered while they are still in the green. This is the best way to reliably increase your stock of these delightful flowers.
- Choose some seeds for edible and flowering plants and stock up on compost in anticipation of planting.
- Clean out heated and unheated propagators. Cleaning is very important when re-using pots and trays to prevent the spread of pests and disease. Then it is time to start to sow some seed which is always exciting.