This entry taken from the June Dalgety Bay Diary.
Jobs Ė February
the good days when they come along to spend time outside in the
garden. If the ground isnít too frozen or waterlogged, you can dig
the soil over, or turn any compost that you have. Tidy up any debris
that may have been blown down by winter winds. This is a good time to
get your garden ready for the busy springtime ahead. Get organized
and buy all the seeds and compost that you are going to need. You can
also begin planting seeds inside and chitting potatoes.
Vegetable Patch in February
turnip, swede and jerusalem artichoke can all be lifted. Start
lifting before they start into new growth which will make the roots
flabby. Scorzonera, salsify and celeriac will also be ready.
other winter vegetables
purple sprouting broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach and
chard can all be picked and are a welcome addition to the dinner
some seeds on your windowsill
things grow tasty shoots. Try beetroot, peas, broccoli as well as the
usual cress, alfalfa, mustard and clover. In fact, you can sprout
seeds of almost anything.
soil with black polythene or cloches
early crops, warm and dry out the soil by covering with cloches or
sheets of black plastic.
early crops in the greenhouse or on a light windowsill
can get started with broad beans, early cabbages, leeks, onions,
peas, radish, spinach and turnip.
that will be grown in the greenhouse can be started now. Sow
chillies, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, cucumber and melons and keep
them warm inside or in a heated propagator. These all benefit from an
your brassicas with netting
pigeons are a problem in your area, then cover any purple sprouting
broccoli, kale and other brassicas with netting or fleece. Pigeons do
like the green leaves and they will quickly and easily strip your
your seed potatoes in egg boxes in a cool, dry, light place to help
them chit. This can help give them an early start.
the soil is not too hard or waterlogged then finish digging it over
and incorporating compost and manure. If the soil is very dry, then
rake it over to get a fine tilth for seedbeds.
out for volunteer potatoes
any potatoes that were missed last season and have begun sprouting.
They could spread disease and blight and you donít want them
growing amongst your other crops.
Fruit Garden in February
rhubarb under forcing pots or an upturned bucket produces beautiful
tender stalks. Just choose one or two crowns to force as it takes a
couple of years for the rhubarb to recover.
fruit trees, bushes and canes
can still plant fruit trees, fruit bushes and raspberry canes if the
soil is not too hard. Donít leave it too much later as they should
all be planted whilst the plants are still dormant.
blackcurrant, blueberry and gooseberry bushes
can all be pruned during the winter before new growth starts.
down raspberry canes
you havenít done so already, cut all autumn fruiting raspberry
canes to 3cm (1in) above soil level. Cut down all summer fruiting
canes that fruited last year.
fruit cage netting
over all netting and mend any holes that have appeared.
your strawberry plants and beds
your strawberry bed ready for the coming season. Remove dead leaves
and old runners and clear away any debris and slugs that are hiding.
Gardening Jobs in February
you havenít done so already, give your greenhouse a thorough clean
and check over for damage ready for the season ahead.
seeds and compost
up on any seeds and gardening supplies before the busy spring period.
forget the birds
is still very cold out there, and this is when food begins to get
scarce. Put out wild bird food and fresh water to help our feathered
Michael Gourlay Chairman