February

In The Fruit Garden In February

Put cloches or horticultural fleece over strawberry plants. This will help start them into growth and encourages an early crop.

Bare-root fruit bushes, canes and trees can be planted, so long as the ground remains unfrozen.

Plant rhubarb into enriched soil, or lift and divide any established clumps.

Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or compost. Be sure not to mulch up around the trunk.

Sprinkle sulphate of potash fertiliser around the base of fruit trees and bushes to encourage fruiting.

Top Tip:
Finish pruning fruit trees and soft fruits, including apples, autumn raspberries and blackcurrants.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Remove any faded flowers from container grown winter pansies and violas. Deadheading like this encourages more flowers to grow in the spring!
  • Finish pruning fruit trees and soft fruits, including apples, autumn raspberries and blackcurrants.
  • Chit first-early potato tubers now. Stand them in trays (egg trays work well) in a frost-free place with lots of light.
  • Install a nest box with a camera. You can watch birds raising their broods in the spring!
  • If your pond has frozen, make a hole in the ice. Toxic gases can build up in the water which can kill wildlife hibernating at the bottom.