Calendar of Garden Work for February
ALTHOUGH the weather can be very bleak, this is a month for great activity in. Get on with as many seasonal jobs as possible so that there is no surfeit of urgent work to be done during the next two or three months.
If the opportunity to prepare sweet pea trenches in the autumn was missed, the job can be done now — if the ground is in a suitable condition. Incorporate well-rotted manure or compost. Make open-ground sowings at the end of the month.
If the ground is friable,shrubs and trees can still be planted, otherwise store them in a frost-proof place for a few days. If the work of planting cannot proceed, heel them in out of the wind. The ground should be well prepared before planting. Treat with a wood preservative such as Cuprinol before using them.
Fork overand in-corporate manure.
Cut back old plants of St. John’s wort (Hypericum calycinum) to the base.
Towards the end of the month prune varieties of Buddleia davidii; cut back the vigorous growths of Hydrangea paniculata if large flower heads are wanted — otherwise prune this shrub very little.
Dividewhen the leaves have turned yellow.
Plantsuch as regale.
Ornamental plants will benefit from a dressing of bone meal forked in at the rate of about 2 to 4 oz. To the sq. yd.
Make a sowing oftowards the end of the month, if the weather is suitable. Sow early varieties of .
Sowin a sunny, sheltered spot, then cover the ground with straw.
Lift the last of theand store. Protect broccoli curds from hard weather by folding large outer leaves over them.
Increaselike thyme and chives by dividing the roots now.
Sowin frames and under for an early crop.
Cut back raspberry canes planted in the autumn or winter to about 6 in. Black currants planted during the last four or five months should be pruned back to within 2 in. of the soil.
Feed apples andwith the appropriate .
Start begonia and gloxinia tubers, planting them close to one another in shallow pots or boxes.
Prick off 2 in. apart into boxes, seedlings of vegetables sown in January and during the first half of February. Put the boxes on the shelving close to the light.
Sowseeds in 3-in. pots, and exclude light until they have germinated. Gentle bottom heat helps germination.
Sow seeds of suchas lobelias in the second half of the month-temperature 60° F. (16° C).
Sow seeds of violas and pansies.
Start fuchsias into growth — temperature 50° F. (10° C).
Takeof winter-flowering begonias, and root them in a propagating frame with gentle bottom heat.
Pot youngfrom the January sowing, singly into 3- or 3j-in. pots, with a very little tomato added to the compost. Maintain a temperature of 50° F. (10° C).
At the end of the month sowand seed in boxes and later prick out and keep the seedlings in a temperature of 60 to 65° F. (16 to 18° C). These can be gradually hardened off afterwards in preparation for planting out into trenches.
Zonal and ivy-leaved pelargoniums that have been overwintered in the coldor indoors should be pruned, repotted and watered to start them into growth again. Pot on rooted cuttings of these plants made in August. Water them more frequently from now on.
Sow seed of maincrop tomatoes.