Certainly at Marsala Rama HQ, February always seems to be a bit of a tease. Wind, rain and snow can make way for blue skies and sunshine. Whatever the weather, you can get in the greenhouse and start planning for the growing season to come. Jobs in the garden for February.
Jobs In The Garden In February...
Jobs In The Garden in February - Grow Your Own Tips...
Top 5 Jobs - Fruit
1. Spring Prune
Soft fruit trees such as peaches, apricots and nectarines would welcome their Spring prune - allowing light and air through the trees to encourage better fruiting.
2. Blossoming Future
The first blossoms of the year should be appearing now so to protect them from the birds and the weather, cover with fleece or a cold frame (if against a wall).
3. Get Out Your Paintbrush
Some trees such as peaches and apricots need a helping hand when it comes to polination - so get out a paint brush and gently transfer the pollen from flower to flower
4. Train the Canes
Autumn Raspberries produce fruit on canes that grow this year - so be brave and cut right down to the ground
5. Force It
Continue to force your rhubarb - use a forcer, or an upturned bin would do - as the rhubarb stretches and searches for the light, beautiful long pink stems will appear - perfect for puds.
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Long Time Coming
Some herbs take a long germination, so get parsley, coriander and basil into seed pots now, preferably in a propigator or in the greenhouse.
2. Prep is Essential
Clean out your pots, guttering or raised beds ready for the Sun to warm up your plots - so that you are ready to get herbs off to a good start.
3. Put In Pots
Shrubby herbs such as bay, thyme and sage need room to grow - so pot up in large pots, making sure lots of drainage is available.
4. Late Garlic
Now would be a good time to get more (or some) garlic into the ground - split the blulbs and push each clove into your plot, flat end down, 25cm apart.
5. Container Love
You don't need seedbeds, greenhouses or the like to grow herbs - fill a small container and sow cut and come again herbs like chervil and parsley - and place on your windowsill.
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. Start The Spuds
Buy seed potatoes of earlies and get chitting - allow your spuds to sprout, to help the growing process - plant out in tubs or beds mid to late March.
2. A Sweet Place
Vegetables love flowers as companions, so start sowing Sweet Peas in succession to add to your runner bean trench - they'll attract insects as well as brightening up your home.
3. That's not Shallot
You may have planted onions and shallots in Autumn ready for early Spring, but you need to start again now to get you through the Hungry Gap and the rest of the Summer.
4. Winter's Coming
You always need to think ahead so start thinking now about those long term veggies, come late Autumn - sowing of red cabbage and cauliflowers in your cold frame.
Guttering is a god send for many crops, specially peas - lettuces are good too. Peas though will form roots tight against the plastic, allowing easy planting outside when the warmer comes.