What to do in the garden in February

What to do in the garden in February

As February rolls in, the avid gardener is filled with anticipation for the approaching spring. This month serves as a crucial time to lay the groundwork for a bountiful season ahead. Let's delve into the specific tasks to undertake in your vegetable garden, fruit garden, lawn, and flower garden during this transitional period.


Vegetable Garden

  • Early Potatoes: Jumpstart your potato season by chitting early varieties. Lay them out to form short sprouts in a bright, cool, frost-free spot, with the aim to plant them towards the end of March.
  • Greenhouse Sowing: Get a head start on the growing season by sowing cabbage, celery, sweet and cayenne peppers, tomatoes, parsley, leeks, and onions under cover or in a warm propagator.
  • Mulching Perennials: Show some love to perennial vegetables like artichokes and asparagus by mulching them with nutrient-rich manure or garden compost.
  • Prepping Seed Beds: Prepare vegetable seed beds by diligently removing weeds and incorporating ample compost. Cover the beds to maintain warmth.
  • Disease Prevention: Safeguard your brassicas from downy mildew and grey mold by promptly removing any yellowing leaves.


Fruit Garden

  • Raspberry Care: Prune raspberry canes to encourage the growth of new ones for a fruitful autumn harvest. Trim the tips of overgrown summer-fruiting raspberry canes.
  • Currant Pruning: Keep blackcurrant bushes, gooseberries, and red currants productive by giving them a well-tailored pruning session.
  • Early Rhubarb Forcing: Jumpstart the rhubarb season by forcing plants to produce an early crop.
  • Protective Cloches: Extend the strawberry season by covering outdoor plants with cloches, providing protection and encouraging an earlier harvest.



  • Minimal Disturbance: In February, give your lawn some well-deserved rest. Minimize foot traffic and avoid any significant maintenance.


Trees & Shrubs

  • Ornamental Planting: Continue adding beauty to your landscape by planting ornamental trees and deciduous shrubs.
  • Hedge Planting: Start the month with the planting of a hedge to enhance both structure and aesthetics.
  • Pruning Routine: Trim late-flowering climbers and shrubs, followed by pruning large-flowered and cluster-flowered roses.


Flower Garden

  • Reviving Dormant Plants: Bring back to life winter-stored dormant plants and tubers, initiating their growth for the upcoming season.
  • Greenhouse Sowing: Sow slower-growing summer bedding plants under glass to ensure a vibrant and colorful display.
  • Wisteria Pruning: Shape wisteria by pruning now, focusing on cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
  • Forcing Bulbs: Retrieve bulbs for forcing indoors, breathing new life into your living spaces.
  • Chrysanthemum Cuttings: Expand your chrysanthemum collection by taking cuttings this month.
  • Spring Planting: Embrace the promise of spring by planting lilies and anemones. Weather permitting, sow outdoor annual seeds for a breathtaking display.


February serves as a crucial bridge between winter dormancy and the vibrant renewal of spring. By dedicating time to your garden this month, you're not just tending to plants; you're sowing the seeds of a beautiful, fruitful season ahead. Happy gardening!

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