What to do in the garden in February


  • Chit early varieties of potatoes. Lay them out in trays and allow to form short sprouts. Place them in a bright, cool, frost-free place. Plant towards the end of March.
  • In the greenhouse start or under cover in a warm propagator start sowing cabbage, celery, sweet and cayenne pepper, tomato, parsley, celery, leek and onion.
  • Mulch perennial vegetables such as artichokes and asparagus with manure or garden compost.
  • Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost. Cover the beds to keep them warmer.
  • Remove yellow leaves from brassicas to prevent downy mildew and grey mold from spreading.
  • Outdoors start sowing early varieties of carrot, broad bean, and parsnip. Plant shallots from the middle of the month.


  • Prune raspberry canes to stimulate new canes to fruit in the autumn. Cut the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes that have grown beyond the top of their support. Cut just above a bud.
  • Prune blackcurrant bushes, gooseberries and red currants to keep up a productive framework.
  • Force rhubarb plants for an early crop.
  • Cover outdoor strawberries with cloches to encourage an earlier crop.


  • Stay away from the lawn.


  • Continue planting ornamental trees and deciduous shrubs.
  • Plant a hedge.
  • Prune late-flowering climbers and shrubs.
  • Prune large-flowered and cluster flowered roses.


  • Start off winter-stored dormant plants and tubers.
  • Sow slower-growing summer bedding plants under glass.
  • Prune wisteria now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
  • Bring in bulbs for forcing and plant out spent indoor bulbs.
  • Take chrysanthemum cuttings.
  • Plant lilies and anemones.
  • Plant outdoor annual seeds, weather permitting.

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