In The Vegetable Garden This February

Start chitting early potatoes in a cool, bright, frost-free space.

Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost.

Mulch perennial vegetables such as asparagus and artichokes with well-rotted manure or garden compost.

Remove yellowing leaves from brassicas including brussel sprouts to prevent brassica downy mildew and grey mould from spreading.

If you have light soil you can sow broad beans, carrots, parsnips and other vegetable under cloches.

Peas can be sown in the greenhouse.

Top Tip:

Build raised beds now, before the growing season begins. Raised beds will allow you to make an earlier start in the garden, as the soil in a raised bed will warm up faster than soil in the garden. Soil in raised beds drains more quickly too!

This Month's Key Tips
  • Start to 'chit' seed potatoes in a cool, light and frost free place.
  • Plant out primroses, forget-me-nots, and wallflowers for early colour.
  • Keep bird feeders topped up.
  • Prepare vegetable seed beds and sow some vegetables under cover.
  • Prune winter-flowering shrubs if they have finished flowering.