February

 

February is a great time to get ahead in the garden in time for Spring’s arrival. Take a look at these tips on what needs doing in the garden this February, courtesy of Bow Garden Centre;

1. Prepare vegetable beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost. Once finished, cover prepared soil with sheets of recyclable black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for Spring planting.

2. In raised beds, the soil warms up faster and water drains quickly, so they are ideal if you want to make an early start in the garden. Bow have new Vegepods and raised bed kits, ideal for raised gardening.

3. Start outdoor sowings of early crops.

4. Chit seed potatoes - Bow have a wide range of varieties available.  

5. If it’s not too wet, you can plant out Summer bulbs with gravel and bulb fibre underneath to stop them rotting when it's wet OR pot them up and put them in the greenhouse to give them a head start.

6. Pot up containers, hanging baskets and pots with lovely Spring bedding plants such as, Violas, Pansies, and Primroses. An easy way to cheer up areas with no colour.

7. Once they’ve finished flowering, prune Winter-blooming shrubs like Viburnum, Skimmia, Daphne and heathers.

8. Keep roses and other flowering shrubs healthy by sprinkling slow-release fertiliser around the bases.

9. Net winter cabbages and broccoli to protect them. We have a full range of netting available.

10. Continue to leave out plenty of food and water for the wild birds in your garden, particularly in cold weather conditions, where it’s a good idea to check that there’s plenty of food twice a day.