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Months

February can be an unpredictable month about the garden with the chance of winter conditions outstaying an unwanted welcome. Whatever February brings, its arrival marks the departure of winter to a time when things begin to liven up about our gardens.

Flowers
  • Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting above a low pair of green buds.
  • Prepare areas in flowerbeds to be ready for sowing of hardy annuals in late March and into April, clear weeds and dig over with a multipurpose compost to enrich the soil.
  • Trim winter-flowering heathers.
  • Spread a layer of manure or compost around roses and shrubs.
Fruit & Veg
  • Plant new raspberry canes and blackberry plants.
  • Cover beds with tunnel cloches or simple sheets of polythene to warm soil for early planting.
  • Grapevines that have not already been pruned should be done so immediately, if left too late they will bleed like the wisteria.
  • In a bright, frost-free area place your seed potatoes in seed trays or egg boxes during this month,  this will encourage them to sprout. Look out for ‘early’ potatoes as they grow easy.
Around the Garden
  • Regularly remove weeds by hand or use a hoe if conditions are dry.
  • Check garden machinery is in working order, ready for the season ahead.
  • Prepare areas in flowerbeds to be ready for sowing of hardy annuals in late March and into April, clear weeds and dig over with a multipurpose compost to enrich the soil. 
  • Glasshouses, cloches and other frames can be given a spring clean this month to have them ready for the growing season ahead.