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Garden Diary, things to do in the garden in February (late Winter/early spring)


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  WILL
HART’S GARDENING DIARY

 

FEBRUARY


 


FRUIT


 


·        

Inspect any stored fruit and remove any that are
rotten.

 


·        

If conditions are right, continue planting fruit
trees and bushes.

 


·        

Apply potash to apples, pears and plums.

 


·        

Apply Nitrogen to trees in grass – early
February, late February for those in cultivated land.

 


·        

Mulch young trees, bushes and cane fruit with
manure or compost.

 


·        

Prune newly planted and established stone fruits
as growth begins – late February.

 


·        

Continue to prune apples and pears, new and
established, except in hard frosts.

 


·        

Prune cobnuts and filberts provided catkins are
fully open, releasing pollen otherwise delay until March.

 


·        

Prune autumn fruiting raspberries. Tip prune
summer fruiting raspberries and cut down newly planted canes to 9 – 12
inches.

 


·        

Cover strawberries for an early crop – poly
tunnel or cloche.

 


·        

Protect blossom on wall trained trees by covering
with Hessian, netting etc, hand pollinate if flowering early and no
insects about.

 


·        

Complete spraying with tar oil – early February.

 


·        

Spray for peach leaf curl as for January, finish
before middle of the month.

 


·        

Inspect apple and pears for canker treat if
necessary spray severely infected trees.

 

 

VEGETABLES


 


·        

Buy potatoes for chitting – earlies.

 


·        

Sow tomatoes under glass for planting in a cool
greenhouse.

 


·        

Lift, divide and replant crowns of rhubarb.

 


·        

Continue to dig and cultivate ground.

 


·        

Sow French beans under glass for early crops.

 


·        

Lift, divide and pot up plants of chives for
growing on the window sill.

 


·        

Sow carrots under cloches or in soil based cold
frames for early crops.

 

 


LAWNS

 

·        

If the weather is mild, worm activity will begin
use a besom to scatter the casts.

·        

Finish any turfing this month.

·        

Soil preparation can begin later in the month for
sowing grass seed if weather suitable.

 

 


 

GARDENING BY MONTH


Gardening in January

Gardening in February
Gardening in March
Gardening in April
Gardening in May
Gardening in June
Gardening in July
Gardening in August
Gardening in September
Gardening in October
Gardening in November


Gardening in December

 

The above helpful advice
has been reproduced by kind permission of Will Hart, whose experience
includes working for Blackburn Rovers FC (as a groundsman at their
Training Ground, Academy and Ewood Park), for the Sultan of Oman (at
his French residence in Fontainebleau, south of Paris) at the 1999 Martell
Grand National at Aintree and for a variety of different sized local
gardens and estates.  Impressive credentials I am sure you will
agree!


 

 

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