In The Garden – February Edition

18 . 02 . 21

With the announcement of our food halls being shortlisted for the Farm Shop & Deli awards, we thought it would be fitting to focus this month’s edition on food too.

There is still a slight chill in the air and our days alternate between a layer of snow and the bright winter sun. This makes keeping an eye on the weather one of your largest tasks this month. February is a great month to warm up your seed beds, but only if the ground isn’t frozen. To warm up your seedbeds, cover them with clear polythene.

If you have the use of a heated greenhouse, we recommend taking the time to sow your tomato and cucumber seeds for greenhouse growing. Alternatively, you can sow these indoors if you do not have access to a heated greenhouse. Along with these two food favourites, peas can be sown too. Peas can be sown outside, under cover of an unheated greenhouse, cold frame, or cloche. Old guttering that’s been cleaned out and has drainage holes in the bottom is the perfect container for the seeds before. If you don’t have access to a greenhouse, you can try windowsill propagators or smaller compact grow houses.

If you’re already an avid gardener and have lots of beautiful plants growing, February is the time for a little bit of maintenance work. Prune your citrus trees, newly planted raspberries and untie festooned fruit tree branches.

February is also your last chance to prune your autumn-fruiting raspberries, red currants, gooseberries and your apple and pear trees. If you’re thinking about adding fruit trees, bushes or grape vines to your garden, now is the perfect time to plant these, so long as the ground isn’t frozen.

There is always lots to be doing in your gardens and if we haven’t covered something that you would like the answer to this month, please give us a call, and we will be happy to offer you our advice!

Top tip from the team:

Top tip is to make sure you get ahead now on cleaning your greenhouse, tools, weeding beds and borders, adding in soil improvers to these beds while the ground isn’t frozen and sorting seed trays and other equipment out so that you can hit the ground running in just a week or two’s time when the growing season really begins!!!

Nothing better than the feeling of getting those first seeds sown once everything is clean and tidy!

Happy gardening!