Other Jobs Around The Garden This February
Prepare your seed beds. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, you can cultivate beds and start to warm up the soil, with fleece, polythene or cloches, in preparation for sowing in the coming months.
Keep feeding the birds. The weather is still cold this month so hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up.
Check your tools are sound and your garden machinery is working. Give your tools and equipment the once over and apply a little TLC to anything thats needs it.
Shred or chop any woody prunings before you add them to compost bins, as this will help speed up decomposition.
Trim deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.
Find out what type of soil you have. Invest in a soil testing kit to help you choose the right plants for you garden.
Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwards.
Install water butts now ready for the summer. Rainwater is particularly useful for watering acid-loving, ericaceous plants.
This Month's Key Tips
- Prepare vegetable seed beds and sow some vegetable under cover.
- Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep birds away.
- Prune winter-flowering shrubs if they have finished flowering.
- Prune wisteria and hardy evergreen hedges.
- Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over winter.