This time last year I wrote a post to remind me on what needed to be done on the allotment or garden this month. This is a guide to help me organize what needs to be done. More of a one stop shop for jobs to do this month. Of course, a lot of the jobs require suitable weather conditions and the weather that we are having at the moment seem to be testing all of our patience.
What’s the betting that by the end of May, early June the UK government bring in a hosepipe ban!!
Jobs to do………in February
- Continue to plan what you intend to grow this year and order seeds before your favourites become unavailable
- Harden off autumn sown cauliflowers and cabbages
- Sow salad crops in succession under cloche protection
- Check your soil’s PH level to test for alkalinity and acidity and add lime if necessary
- Mulch around raspberry canes to encourage strong shoots and prune Autumn varieties to about 6″ above ground level
- Turn the compost heap to aid decomposition
- Slugs can still be a nuisance this time of year. Check your brassica leaves for signs of them.
- Remove the dead leaves from brassicas leaves such as cabbages and sprouts to help prevent mould and downy mildew
- Check your vegetables in storage
- Chit your potatoes in a frost free place to encourage strong shoots
- Warm areas of your soil with clear polythene, carpet, cardboard or black plastic
- Garlic can still be planted this month as long as the soil isn’t too waterlogged
- Check that shallots in the ground are still firmly in place and not been pulled up by the birds.
- Continue digging over the plot adding plenty of well rotted organic material.
- Start to save the cardboard tubes from toilet and kitchen rolls and newspapers to make your own biodegradable pots for seed sowing next month
- Collect plastic meat and mushroom containers and yoghurt pots to use as seed trays
- Make sure pots and seed trays are cleaned ready for sowing
- Start to save empty plastic veg and meat trays to use for sowing seeds
- Collect egg trays for chitting potatoes
- Lift and store the remaining winter parsnips
- Plant and divide chive plants
- Secure netting on remaining brassica plants
- Cover late crop vegetables that are not winter hardy such as salads and oriental leaves
- Continue to hoe all weeds where possible
- Plant out cabbage transplants that have been hardened off under cloches or fleece. Close planting will allow some to be used a spring greens giving the remaining plants a chance to grow and develop further.
- Don’t forget to feed the birds
What to sow………Indoors (Heated)
- Broad Beans
- Melons (Late Feb)
- Celery (Late Feb)
- Onions and shallot seeds
- Kohl Rabi
- Tomatoes (only greenhouse destined varieties this early)(Late Feb)
- Cucumbers (Late Feb)
What to sow………Indoors (Unheated)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Winter salads
- Summer Cabbages
- Summer Cauliflowers
- Early variety peas
- Parsley (curly leafed)
- French beans for a successional crop (Late Feb)
- Chillies, peppers and aubergines in heat for an early start
- Leeks (min temp 13c)
What to sow………Outdoors
- Autumn onion sets and shallots
- Broad beans
- Early Peas (In a sheltered area)
- Autumn sown onions
What to plant………in February
- Winter salad crops – protected by some sort of cloche
- Plant rhubarb sets
- Fruit bushes
- Jerusalem artichokes
- Bare root container-grown trees
Crops in season now
- Broccoli (Sprouting)
- Brussels sprouts (tops)
- Jerusalem Artichokes
- Kohl Rabi
- Winter Radish
Lots of helpful information there Debb. I am exhausted just reading about the list of jobs – good to have it listed ready to be ticked off.
Hi Jean, I’m glad that you find these lists useful. I must admit, most of the jobs that I mention don’t always get done as and when they should but that’s the nature of gardening. We do what we can when we can…..Debb
Love it, brilliant, perfect! When its a wee bit cooler outside all I have to do is come back here to see what I’m up too! THanks!
What zone are you in? I’m interested in planting some stuff outdoors, but there is still snow on the ground (zone 5b here)
Hi Natasha. I have no idea what zone I live in. If it helps I live in the UK in central England other than that I have no idea what the gardening zone I live in. We have just got over a bad few days of snow and the weather is still threatening us with a little more to come. Although I do have a few plants going outside such as garlic shallots and onions, most of my plants are happily growing undercover. Debb
I didn’t realize you were in the UK when I made this comment (I’ve since fine back and read many entries). I think you are in a warmer climate than I am. What is your average lowest winter temperature?
I have no idea what the average temperature in winter is here but I’ll find out and let you know.
Gone back! My phone auto corrected to fine.
Hi Natasha, I have looked up what zone I am in and as I am in cemtral England it states that I am in Zone 8 with an avearage climate temp of around 10-20F. Hope that makes sense. Debb
I love writing and completing to-do lists, which makes your blog really useful – so thank you! I haven’t a clue about gardening in Feb, so i’ll keep this in mind 🙂
Thanks for your comment. I try and do a list of jobs that us veg growers need to do each month to help us stay organised. Debb
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Absolutely spot on cue – bless you.
But, you are absolutely right about the weather …
I’m honoured that you find my posts worthy to reblog. Thanks 😉 March’s reminder coming soon.