What to do in the garden in February
As much as January can seem to go on forever, especially with the cold, dark weather, we can't believe it's February already! There's plenty to be getting on with in the garden and greenhouse this month - here are some of our Gardening Angels top gardening jobs for February.
Vegetables to plant in February
If you've been spending January organising your seeds, you'll no doubt be ready and raring to go with sowing in February. Our seed tins are a great way to organise your seed packets into their sowing months as well as keeping everything clean and dry if your potting shed is feeling a little damp.
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Late February/early March is perfect for sowing your brassicas under cover - if you're growing in the ground, a cloche is perfect, as is a garden fleece. Cover the soil ahead of planting with some horticultural fleece to warm the soil, then once you've sown, peg the fleece loosely over your seedlings - they'll push it upwards as they grow.
If you still have winter brassicas growing, keep them in shape by removing dead leaves and adding some bird netting to protect them from pesky pigeons!
February is perfect for planting a variety of root vegetables including potatoes, turnips, carrots and onions. Prepare your potatoes by chitting them first - this encourages them to develop strong and healthy shoots before planting. It's a great way to get your potatoes off to a head start - check out our guide for some tips on how to chit your potatoes this month.
Chitting Potatoes guide >>
We see some fantastic results from our Quadgrow Root Veg Planter, perfect for all of these vegetables - it has four pots meaning you can grow four types of veg in the one planter!
Some of our chilli fans have started sowing in January, but worry not if you haven't yet. Get seeds going in a quality heated propagator with plenty of light to avoid leggy growth - if you're growing in a dark environment like a shed or garage, consider using a set of propagation lights.
If you haven't got the facilities for a propagator, you can also get plug plants to grow on in the greenhouse.
If you're still not decided on what to grow this year, perhaps our Sowing Calendar will give you a couple of ideas!
Check when you need to sow and harvest your veg, and track your sowing and germination using our Seed Starting Tracker.
You'll have fantastic crops of veg in no time at all! Don't forget to keep us updates with how it goes!
Perfect Planters for sowing in February!
If you've only got limited space to work with, why not plant your summer cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts of kale into one of our self watering planters? Our salad and veg planter is perfect for crops such as brassicas, as well as radish, spring onion, leeks, garlic and more - it uses a Smart Reservoir and Feedermats to keep your vegetables perfectly watered for up to two weeks at a time, meaning plants grow stronger, healthier and faster! Choose our options with a lid or mini greenhouse to give your veg protection from frosts, slugs and snails, allowing you to grow all year!
Want to plant multiple types of veg? Our Quadgrow-Plus incorporate a Salad & Veg Planter for your brassicas and salad, as well as 4 pots perfect for tall cropping plants such as tomatoes, beans and cucumbers. Harvests are 2x bigger when grown in this planter compared with grow bags or pots because it maintains perfect soil moisture for fast, healthy growth!
Looking after the greenhouse in February
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Considering the above, it's apt then to make sure your greenhouse is decluttered to help avoid disease and overwintering pests. Replace any cracked panes and give the glass and surfaces a good scrub down before doing any large amount of sowing.
With temperatures still plummeting outside (with a yellow warning for snow and ice for the beginning of the month), it's important to make sure your greenhouse is kept at a minimum of 5C to prevent tender plants being killed by the cold. If you have tropical plants growing you'll need a minimum temperature of 12C.
Make sure your insulation is secure for the remained of the cold weather - insulate any uncovered panels with something like greenhouse bubble wrap. Provide some heat to your plants with a thermostatically controlled greenhouse heater - a thermometer with help to monitor your greenhouse temperature.
On days where we are lucky enough to see some sunshine, make sure your greenhouse is well ventilated to decrease the risk of nasty fungal infections.
Clear twigs, leaves and debris from your greenhouse guttering and collect rainwater to help with watering plants.
Keeping your greenhouse and shed clean of debris and fallen leaves will help to prevent mould and other diseases that could be harmful to your plants. Keep an eye out for any overwintering pests such as whitefly or red spider mite in the greenhouse. Try some natural pest control solutions such as our Whitefly treatment cards or by spraying plants with a mild organic soap solution. If you're finding ladybirds overwintering in your house, move them into a heated greenhouse where they can feast on pests when they wake up!
Looking after wildlife
Birds need a little help in these cold temperatures - crack ice on your bird bath to ensure they have access to water, and provide plenty of seed and fat balls to fill their bellies. Encouraging birds into your garden can help to get rid of slug and unwanted insects, so hang a bird nesting box in a quiet shaded part of your garden.
They might not be in full colour at this time of year but there are still plenty of flowers you can help look after. If you have any winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering, give them a prune and a tidy. You should also be pruning wisteria and clematis.
If you're looking to fill your garden with free flowers, now is a good time to take fuchsia cuttings to grow in your Hydropod - take cuttings from the soft tips and pop them into your propagator.
If you're growing pansies or violas, check them over and remove any dead flowers to prevent rotting and encourage new flowers.
Growing your own roses for Valentine's day? Give those bushes some love - cut back growth by two thirds to leave an outward pointing bud, and cut away the stems growing at the centre. Buying flowers? Why not support a small local florist business rather than opting for something from the supermarket?
Hopefully this will have given you a few ideas as to what you can be getting on with in the garden this month. Don't forget, our Gardening Angels are always happy to advise on how to make your garden the best it can be. Drop us an email here
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