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Gardening Diary February


Gardening Diary February

February - an overview

RobinAny soil that has not been dug over in the winter months needs to be finished off as soon as possible. This is a good time to get the soil ready for planting and sowing. Fork out any perennial weeds, removing all the root system to prevent re-growth. If you are growing potatoes, dig the trenches and line with manure. If you intend growing carrot, make sure the soil is dug well and no stones in the ground which can cause the vegetable to divide. It is worth adding sand to any heavy clay to help with this. If you have had problem with carrot fly, consider making a low barrier from clear plastic about a foot off the ground surrounding the area where the carrots will grow.

Broad BeanMid to late February, sow seed such as Broad Bean indoors which will be ready to plant out under Cloche in March.

Crops such as courgette, marrow, pumpkin; you can dig out a spade of soil, add some manure and replace the soil so you have a mound. It's also worth putting in a short length of pipe such as old plastic downpipe, about 6" - 1ft long, place some grit in the bottom of the soil, put pipe in and cover with remaining soil. If you get a dry spell then you can pour water down the tube which will go straight to the root system of the plant.

You will need to consider adding fertilizer to the soil to ensure there is enough NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorus, Potassium) in the soil for the growing season. It's worth look for products that are organic, chicken manure and seaweed extract are popular choices. Add fertilizer to the ground as needed and rake the soil over to a fine tilth. If there are any warm spells watch out for annual weed seed germinating and hoe off.

SeedlingsMid to end of February sow winter vegetables indoor, such as Sprout, kale, Cabbage, Leek, and keep inside ready for planting out in June/July, when space is available. They are a valuable winter crop as they will stand in the ground until the following spring when warmer weather will cause them to bolt.

Sow summer cabbage and cauliflower indoors for planting out in mid April

If you have a greenhouse it's a good time to clean out ready for the new season.

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