Posted on: 10th September, 2019
EARLY IN FEBRUARY.
Continue planting trees, shrubs and perennials if conditions are suitable.
Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers.
Plant shallot sets. (in colder areas start them off in pots of compost in a cold frame)
Look after garden birds by providing food and water.
In heated greenhouses sow antirrhinums, begonia semperflorens, verbenas and pansies for summer bedding. Otherwise buy seedlings or baby bedding plants later to grow on.
Sow sweet pea seeds, growing them on in a cold greenhouse or frame.
Buy seed potatoes and stand them on end in trays to chit. (begin to shoot)
MID – MONTH.
Complete pruning of apples, pears and soft fruits.
Prune Clematis that have their main flowering period from July onwards, back hard to about 30cm (1ft) above the soil.
Cut back dead stems of herbaceous perennials to ground level.
Stock up on pots, labels, twine and other quickly consumed sundries before the season gets into full swing.
Prune back old, woody Mahonia stems to keep the plants bushy.
Buy Begonia and Dahlia tubers, as well as other summer flowering bulbs, such as Gladioli.
Cover strawberry rows with cloches for an earlier crop.
Prune Buddlejas and Spireas with colourful foliage back hard.
Divide herbaceous perennials.
Check wall trained plants to see if they require watering – it can be very dry at the base of a wall.
In heated greenhouses sow dianthus, lobelia, ageratum, and multi-bloom geraniums for summer bedding.
Dig up divide and re-plant overcrowded clumps of snowdrops.
Prune winter jasmine by trimming back shoots that have flowered.
Sow summer cauliflower in seed trays under glass.