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February

Lots of seedling planting to be done this month either in a heated propagator or inside.

General Garden

Prune clematis, buddleia and hydrangea

Continue deadheading if not yet finished.

Vegetable Planters

Prepare planters (weed and top up with fresh compost)

Good month for planting shallots, broad beans and garlic

Continue chitting potatoes (egg box method to encourage eye growth)

Direct plant broad beans and early peas for a May/June harvest. Start them in the greenhouse/cold frame to give them a start.

Rhubarb can be forced (put a bucket over the crown) – the stalks will grow in the dark.

Fruit Cage

Feed fruit trees and bushes by sprinkling sulphate of potash fertiliser around the base.

Great month for planting raspberry and blackberry canes (weather permitting).

Prune gooseberries and currants removing old stems.

Growing in the Greenhouse

Star onions in modules (ok for unheated greenhouse).

Also Lettuce, rocket, radish, aubergines, brussel sprouts, beetroot, courgette, cucumbers, onions, cabbages, turnips and spinach (these all need heat). Sow sweet peas in deep pots

Flowers such as Ageratum, Antirrhinum, Calendula, Cornflower, French Marigolds, Nigella, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Scabious and Zinnia.

Chilli / pepper plants but with a heated propagator. Same with tomato seeds.

Prepare strawberry plants – light water and cover with plastic – keep warm.

Harvest

Leeks, parsnips and swede can come up now also brussel sprouts and possibly broccoli.

Summary

Week 1Onions Seeds – sow under glass / indoors
Week 2Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties – begin harvest
Week 3Potatoes– chit / sprout seed potatoes
Week 3Cauliflower (autumn) – prepare ground
Week 4Broad Beans – sow seeds in pots for spring planting
Week 4Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties – begin harvest
Week 4Celery – sow seeds indoors
Week 4Sweet pepper – sow seeds
Week 4Peas / mangetout – Sow early types under cloches
Late FebAsparagus – prepare ground for crowns
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