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February in the garden

by User Not Found | Feb 20, 2015
CountryLife Blog February in the Garden
Prepare your garden for growing season

Clean your garden of fallen debris, leaves and branches and add it to the compost heap. Check your plant ties to make sure they haven’t loosened from the storm winds and check that your plants are protected from wind rocking.

Spring clean your greenhouse, cloches and any other frames so they are ready for the season. On  sunny days ventilate your greenhouse to prevent any fungal problems. Make sure that your pots, containers and gardening tools are well washed and ready for planting. Freshen up your shed with fresh paint and wood preservative. You can do the same with your garden furniture. Painting your borders with a funky colour will brighten your garden.
Bird Feed Leaves February in the Garden CountryLife Blog
Start forking your beds
This will prepare your soil for spring and will help you to get rid of the pests by exposing them to the hungry birds. Speaking of hungry birds – don’t forget to keep on feeding them, it’s still very cold! The birds will also soon start to look for a new residence so put up nesting boxes.

Chit seed potatoes
Keep seed potatoes in a cool, bright, frost-free environment while they are being “chitted”. There are lots of great varieties available now. If you want to learn how to prepare your potatoes for planting check out Fergal’s blog.

Mulching
Start mulching around trees and shrubs. This will help to keep the soil moist, suppresses weeds and protects the roots from freezing in cold weather.

Pruning, cutting and deadheading
It’s time to prune wisteria and grapevines - if you leave it too late the plants will bleed. Deadhead Hydrangeas and cut back ornamental grasses left in your garden for winter interest. Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting above a low pair of green buds.

Roses
February is ideal month to think about your roses - now it’s a great time for planting while they are small and compact. 
Chit Seed Potatoes Shrub Roses February in the Garden CountryLife Blog
Around the garden
Remember to regularly remove weeds as they appear.  Moss is a big problem in lawns after the winter. Wait until March to treat for moss. When the ground temperatures are higher grass will recover quickly.

Bareroot planting
It’s best to get bareroot plants in the ground before the end of the month. They need to be planted before they start to produce leaves. There are still some available such as whitethorn, blackthorn and beech.

Plant summer flowering bulbs & tubers now is a great time to plant bulbs and tubers for summer blooms. Put them in pots and store undercover in a frost free spot until they are ready to go out after the frost. Keep an eye out for signs of slugs and snails.


Bulb planting depths
Bulb planting depths February in the Garden CountryLife Blog

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Jean's Bio
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.