February

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General

  • Get your petrol power tools serviced so they are ready for use.
  • Cover soil with plastic sheeting or cloches to warm up for early sowings
  • Complete winter digging when the weather allows

 Vegetables

  • Potatoes open packets and set them out for chitting. Place them with the sprouting end facing up in seed trays or egg boxes in a cool light place.
  • Cabbages – fill in gaps amongst spring cabbages with transpants towards the end of the month
  • Shallots and Garlic – plant out when soil begins to dry out, don’t be tempted to putting into cold wet soil.
  • Harvest Sprouts and the first of the sprouting broccoli

Fruit

  • Complete winter pruning of trees and bushes, spread a 7.5cm deep mulch over the root areas keep at least 15cm away from the base of the plants. Don’t apply mulch over frozen ground as this just keeps the cold in.
  • Spray trees and bushes with garlic compound to combat fungal and disease problems
  • Autumn Rasperries – cut down old canes to soil level and mulch between rows
  • Rhubarb – cover crowns for forcing

 Pests and diseases

Fluctuating temperatures and moisture in the air provides the perfect conditions for mildew on plants in the open and in the glassshouse. Check plants and remove any infected or suspect foliage. Ventialate greenhouses to dry out in the middle of the day but ensure to close by mid afternoon to retain warmth.