OWN BLOG FOR FEBRUARY 2021
for vegetable gardeners in February
best advice is to keep tuned to the weather forecast. February can be a very difficult month to
manage in the vegetable garden as the thermometer, particularly in an unheated
greenhouse, can rise to high upper limits and then crash down well below
freezing, all in a 24-hour period. If
the soil is frosted try to keep off it, other than to harvest. If you have a net covering over a vegetable
or fruit case, knock off any accumulated snow as this will cause real damage
and can even cause the support bars on the roof and sides to collapse.
plant in frost free soil
broad beans sown in pots and kept in an unheated greenhouse in December or January
and all remaining seeds.
in an unheated greenhouse for an early start to the season.
tomato, selected herbs, brassica, salad leaf seeds in a heated propagator.
in an unheated greenhouse.
early potatoes (towards the end of the month unless really cold weather is
sprouts and do not forget the sprout tops.
and green broccoli
and dark kale
supermarket vegetables showing the Union Jack, confirming it is British grown.
a clear cloche over perpetual spinach and chard plants still growing to give
them a boost for a second early spring harvest.
ties on Brussel sprout and sprouting broccoli stakes to avoid wind damage.
digging and manuring should be completed this month unless the ground is
outside taps are not frozen.
that everything is secure to withstand the March gales.
greenhouse windows and doors on warm days to boost fresh air circulation but
remember to close again at night.
not completed already, purchase all seeds, onion and shallot sets and seed
keep full cans of water – ideally rain-water – in the greenhouse so it is at
the correct temperature for plants and seeds.
a warm day turn the compost heap with a fork to let in fresh air.
that guttering leading to water butts are free from leaves and other
rubbish. It will only settle on the
bottom and interrupt the flow of water.