Jobs in February


 


Garden Jobs to do in February

As long as the ground isn?t frozen, the key jobs for this month are to cultivate and prepare seedbeds, covering them with clear polythene, cloches or fleeces to warm the soil before sowing.

  • Take delivery of and plant fruit trees, bushes, canes and vines if the soil isn?t frozen
  • Chit seed potato tubers as soon as you have them
  • From mid-February onwards sow tomato and cucumber seeds for greenhouse growing
  • Plant out garlic and shallots in light soils only, heavy soils need longer to warm up
  • You could sow broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early beetroot, bulb onions, lettuces, radishes, peas, spinach and summer cabbages outside under cloches.
  • Peas can be sown in the greenhouse in old guttering that has drainage holes drilled in bottom
  • Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers

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  • Untie festooned fruit tree branches that have set into position
  • Prune citrus trees
  • This is your last chance to prune apples, pears, medlars and quince?s
  • This is your last chance to prune established autumn-fruiting raspberries
  • Prune back newly planted raspberries back to 30cm if not done already
  • This is your last chance to winter prune red/white currants

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  •  Slugs can pose a threat and slug controls are necessary now, as always
  • Place mice controls near stored vegetables and any in the ground still
  • Protect brassicas from pigeon damage
  • Pick yellowing leaves off Brussel sprouts and other brassicas promptly, to prevent spread of grey mould and brassica downy mildew
  • Remove all remaining plant debris from the vegetable plot
  • Digging over in winter exposes soil pests to frost and bird predators
  • Clear the ground under trees and bushes of weeds
  • Last chance to winter wash trees and bushes
  • Remove any rotten stored fruit
  • Spray against peach leaf curl for a second time

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  •  Protect almond, peach, apricot and nectarine blossom from frost, but make sure insects can access the flowers for pollination
  • Untie festooned fruit tree branches that have set into position
  • Harvest citrus fruit when ready
  • Cover outdoor, soil grown strawberries with cloches for an earlier crop
  • Tip back summer-fruiting raspberry canes to 15cm above their top support wire
  • Apply a top dressing of sulphate of potash to all fruit, if not done last month

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  •  Cultivate and prepare seedbeds, covering them with clear polythene, cloches or fleece to warm up the soil before sowing
  • Plan a crop rotation system for your vegetable plot
  • Rake in lime if you have acid soil
  • Prepare new asparagus beds
  • Feed spring cabbages with high nitrogen feeds
  • Dig over new beds, but try to avoid digging in wet weather

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