Love your Garden during February

This month there should hopefully be signs of spring approaching; with bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase.

February is the perfect time to start pruning shrubs and climbers as well as evergreen and deciduous hedges.  Winter flowering shrubs should be pruned once they’ve stopped flowering, and snowdrops should be divided.

Prepare vegetable seedbeds and why not experiment by sowing some early vegetables under cover.   

There’s always something to be doing in the garden, so love your garden throughout February and:-

- Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost. Cover prepared soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for spring planting, and sow some vegetables, such as leeks, onions and celeriac under cover.

- Chit potato tubers early; stand them on end in a module tray or egg box and place them in a bright, cool, frost-free place. If you fancy growing potatoes but are struggling for space in your vegetable plot this year, try using potato grow bags.

- Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches.  These stone fruit trees can also be planted now.

- Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the hungry birds off – remember to keep our fluffy friends satisfied so top up their feeders and water fountains and hang up fat balls that they love so much.

                                                                                                                                        

- Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.

- Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting 'in the green' to create more plants.

- Prune Wisteria, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds, this will benefit it enormously.   

- Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.

- Prune conservatory climbers and cut back vines to keep windows, gutters and roof tiles clear.

- Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter, and with spring around the corner it’s worth preparing your lawn for the season ahead, try installing lawn edging which creates a neat and tidy appearance and makes maintenance easier.

-If the wind, snow and freezing conditions continue, stay indoors and plan your vegetable plot, order the seeds so you have them ready and waiting for when the weather improves and sort your seeds by sowing date, month by month,  to ensure good crop rotation.

                                                                                                                                                            "Love your garden during February"

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