GARDENING CALENDAR – FEBRUARY

Depending on the weather this is probably the month that you will start to see new hardy plants at Sturmer Nurseries. We usually start with some tough little alpines and herbaceous/cottage garden plants. At this time of year they are available in small pots, so this is a good time to get more for your money!

Spring-flowering pansies and pot-grown bulbs like snowdrops and narcissus tête à tête are widely available now if you want to brighten up your patio. And by the end of the month we should have the first of our new shrubs for those wanting to get busy with their planting.‍‍‍

The bare-root season is coming to an end, so this is probably the last chance to order any field-grown plants.

National Nest Box Week also falls in February. National Nest Box Week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK while giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden.

And don't forget Valentine's Day falls this month, so come to us for a card and appropriate gift!

things to do in the garden
planting

Planting

It’s a good time to move deciduous shrubs and trees as long as the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged.

Things to do in the garden

Buy seed potatoes and set out in trays or egg boxes with sprouting ends uppermost.

Keep checking for whitefly in the greenhouse.

Incorporate muck and compost into the beds where your veg will grow this year.

Cover winter brassicas to protect from pigeons.

Dress soil below hedges with a handful of bone meal per square metre.

Pick leeks, sprouts and cabbages when at their best.

Provide food and fresh water for garden birds.

pruning
watering

Pruning

Check deciduous shrubs for dead or diseased shoots, prune and then burn or bin.

Prune roses.

Prune large-flowered clematis before new shoots appear.

Prune large or neglected fruit trees.

Pinch out wallflower tips.

Watering

It’s a good time to install a water butt and a composter.


vegetables and flowers to sow in
 january

Sowing

Sow early salad crops (eg lettuces) in the greenhouse.

Sow summer cabbage, leeks and onions in a warm propagator.

You can start to sow geraniums, lobelia, sweet peas in a propagator.

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