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Advice & Tips

To Do This Month

ESSENTIAL JOBS CHECKLIST FOR FEBRUARY

This month there are signs of approaching spring, and your garden is coming to life after the winter months. The warmer days and lighter, longer days are encouraging bulbs and wildlife to appear.

• Chit potato tubers (lay out in trays or empty egg boxes and allow tubers to form short sprouts)
• Sort your seeds by sowing date, month by month
• Plan your vegetable plot, to ensure crop rotation, to prevent diseases and pests building up in the soil
• Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering
• Divide bulbs such as snowdrops and re-plant for an amazing display next year
• Sow sweet peas in pots, (soak the first in tepid water) to help with germination
• Cover rhubarb with an old bucket to ‘force’ it, by excluding light
• Sow seed for broad beans, carrots, hardy peas and parsnips outside in soil warmed by cloches
• Start sowing leeks, onions, and celeriac under cover
• Sow tomatoes, chilli peppers, cucumbers and aubergines in the greenhouse
• Plant shallots outside into well-prepared beds
• Fix nesting boxes for the birds to suitable trees
• Make fat-cakes for the birds and hang among your roses
• Keep bird feeders topped up and put out some clean water for the birds too
• Prune Apple and Pear trees whilst still dormant
• Dead head Winter Pansies and other Winter flowering bedding to encourage more flowering
• Spring clean your greenhouse, cloches or frames,- with warm soapy water
• Prune Gooseberry bushes and Raspberry canes
• Clean paths, patios, paving and steps
• If you haven’t already, - it’s a good time to get your lawn mower serviced