What to do in your garden in February

It’s February! Here are the jobs you can be doing in the ornamental garden over the weekend:-

– Trim winter flowering heathers as flowers fade;

– Cut back late summer and autumn flowering clematis to the lowest pair of strong buds;

– Sow bedding annual seeds (Begonia/Pelargonium);

– Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering;

– Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges before birds start nesting;

– Plant deciduous hedges by the end of the month;

– Prune existing roses and plant new rose plants;

– Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter;

– Check ties and plant supports.

In the vegetable patch you can:-

– Prepare vegetable seed beds, if weather is suitable (!);

– Cut down autumn fruit raspberry canes to ground level;

– Apply a general purpose fertiliser to tree, bush and cane fruit and mulch with well-rotted manure or garden compost;

– Apple and pear trees can still be winter pruned;

– Sow tomatoes indoors and allow to germinate in a warm place;

– Sow broad beans for an early crop indoors.

– Plant shallot sets 15-18cm apart with tips just under the surface;

– Start to chit potato tubers in egg boxes on a window sill;

For wildlife:-

– Put up nesting boxes for birds or renovate and repair old ones;

– Continue to provide a range of foods for birds through to spring.

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