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JOBS TO DO IN THE GARDEN IN FEBRUARY

JOBS TO DO IN THE GARDEN IN FEBRUARY

In February, the garden is beginning to wake up after the cold, winter months.
Look out for the first green shoots poking through the soil and buds on the
branches, letting you know that spring is on the way!

Give yourself a little time to drawing a sketch of garden layouts to assist with
the planting through the coming year. Review garden notes about successes
and failure in the garden and greenhouse.

Later in the month and early next, are good times to start seeds indoors of
summer annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables.

Dig up, divide and re-plant perennial plants that have been undisturbed for a
few years. This will encourage healthy growth and encourage them to produce
more and better blooms.

Unless your lawn is very new, scarify and spike now. Clear any leaves off, as in
damp weather, they can harbour fungus underneath, and you end up with a
yellow lawn.

Clear out all fallen leafs and twigs from your pond. Place thin netting over pond
if possible, if leaves are left to rot in the pond, dangerous gases build up and
could kill any fish you have.

Protect your plants from the cold by using horticultural fleece or cloches.

Dig and weed any areas ready for sowing and planting when the weather
warms up.

Plant fruit bushes such as currants and gooseberries.

Cover outdoor, soil-grown strawberries with cloches for an earlier crop

Clear the ground under trees and bushes of weeds.

Remove any rotten stored fruit.

Keep putting bird food out in the cold weather and provide access to water.

Make a log pile in your garden to help small mammals and insects thrive.