February in the garden

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What to do in the garden in February?

February in the garden can feel like a turning point – it’s still cold outside, but it’s not quite as grim as January. And we can see the signs that spring is just around the corner…finally! Spring bulbs are slowly starting to sprout and we’ll start to see daylight after 5pm! That’s something both us and the plants can be thankful for!

There’s plenty to do this month to prepare for the season ahead, and let’s face it – keep ourselves busy at home!

As the garden starts to come to life again, it’s time to prune shrubs and climbers, such as wisteria and evergreen hedges to keep them in good condition and encourage healthy growth in spring.

This month’s garden jobs are mostly about getting things ready for the spring. But there are also some early sowing and growing tasks to do – if you want to get a head start.

Here’s our top 10 gardening jobs for February:

Prepare your beds. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, you can cultivate beds (break up the soil and add any fertiliser or manure) and start to warm up the soil with fleece, polythene or cloches, in preparation for sowing in the coming months.
Blitz perennial weeds such as dandelions in your garden. Dig them up, roots and all, to get a head start on the blighters before the weather warms up. Show those weeds who’s garden it really is!
Check your tools are sound and your garden machinery is working. Give your tools and equipment a pre-spring clean. You’ll be pleased you did when you dig out that sparkling clean spade come spring!
Start chitting early potatoes – stand them on end in a module tray or egg box and place them in a bright, cool, frost-free place. What even is chit? Not the foggiest? Well take a look at our handy beginners guide, here.
Divide large clumps of snowdrops after flowering and replant to start new divisions. Don’t let the bulbs or roots dry out when replanting, so have your replant spot dug and ready to go before you divide the plants.
Prune late-summer flowering Clematis, cutting stems back to healthy buds about 30cm from the base. This will encourage strong growth and flowers.
Pot up containers with hardy spring bedding such as primroses.
Put cloches or fleece over strawberry plants to start them into growth and hopefully encourage an early crop.
Plant fruit bushes and canes as long as the soil isn’t frozen.
Cut back over-wintering shrubs such as fuchsias and increase the frequency of watering to spur them into growth.

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