It’s hard to be inspired about gardening when the ground is frozen and wintry winds howl outside your window but with February we see the first bulbs showing signs of movement and in some cases even colour! So with that in mind here are a few things that can be undertaken in your garden.
If like me you are a fan of leeks or onions then now is the time to start them off because they are slow growers and need several months growth before they are ready to be set out. Cold tolerant vegetable seeds such as cabbage and lettuce can also be started for earlier harvesting. Plant seeds three to six weeks before they are to be transplanted. You may also consider sowing small-seeded flowers such as begonias and petunias. Give them a small amount of heat for germination and protection from the still wintery conditions and you will be well underway with the years sowing plan!
Late February is the time to prune! So shape and train fruit trees and bushes. Pruning removes weak or diseased branches and insures good air circulation to help prevent diseases. I have several old apple trees that never really produced much fruit. After deciding to prune last year the following crop was far more bountiful! Roses and summer flowering deciduous shrubs, such as hydrangeas, can also be pruned now.
If anything else repair and paint window boxes, lawn furniture, tools and other items in preparation for outdoor gardening and recreational use. Also clean Poly-tunnel or Greenhouses to allow maximum light in. Finally as you are out and about in your garden enjoy the hints of spring to come!