Jobs to do in February

Time to do some groundwork

We get a glimpse of the early signs of the arrival of Spring this month. The soil begins to warm up around the middle of February and we can see for the first time this year the buds beginning to swell on fruit trees and bushes. Overwintering vegetables begin to look less sorry for themselves and they start to produce new growth.

These are the signals that it is now safe to think about sowing a row of early, peas and broad beans using a hardy cultivar. It is too late to sow the broad bean ‘Aquadulce’ it is only really suitable for growing overwinter.

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Fruit Trees & Bushes February
Fruit Bushes & Trees in February

Fruit jobs in February

Fruit & Nut Trees

  • Protect almond, peach, apricot and nectarine blossom from frost, but make sure insects can access the flowers for pollination.
  • Untie festooned fruit tree branches that have set into position.
  • Prune citrus trees.
  • Harvest citrus fruit when ready.
  • This is your last chance to winter prune apples, pears, medlars and quinces..

Soft Fruits

  • Cover outdoor, soil-grown strawberries with cloches for an earlier crop.
  • This is your last chance to prune established autumn-fruiting raspberries.
  • Prune back newly planted raspberries back to 30cm (12in) if not done already.
  • Tip back summer-fruiting raspberry canes to 15cm (6in) above their top support wire.
  • This is your last chance to winter prune red/white currants and gooseberries.

General Care

  • Take delivery of and plant fruit trees, bushes, canes and vines if the soil isn’t frozen.
  • Top dress all of the fruit trees and soft fruit bushes with a general fertiliser at the recommended application rate.
  • Top dress the rest of the plot with a general fertiliser as land becomes available.
Vegetable jobs in February
Chitting Potatoes

Vegetable jobs in February

Sowing and Planting

  • Chit seed potato tubers as soon as you have them.
  • From mid-February onwards sow tomato and cucumber seed for greenhouse growing.
  • Plant out garlic and shallots in light soils only; heavy soils need longer to warm up.
  • If you have light (sandy) soil and live in a mild part of the UK, you can sow broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early beetroot, bulb onions, lettuces, radish, peas, spinach and summer cabbages outside under cloches.
  • Peas can be sown in the greenhouse in old (but clean) guttering that has had drainage holes drilled in the bottom.
  • Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers.

General care

  • Cultivate and prepare seedbeds, covering them with clear polythene, cloches or fleece to warm up the soil before sowing.
  • Plan a crop rotation system for your vegetable plot.
  • Rake in lime if you have acid soil.
  • Prepare new asparagus beds.
  • Feed spring cabbages with high nitrogen feeds.
  • Dig over new beds, but try to avoid digging in wet weather.
Jobs Around the Plot in February

Jobs Around the Plot

Jobs in February

Shed Repairs & Maintenance

  • Check guttering if fitted.
  • Check water butts etc.

General care

  • Keep checking frequently on the condition of any produce in store it will begin to wake up after its winter dormancy and start to regrow...
Sowing in February

Planting Shallots

Seeds to Sow in February

Sowing indoors and under glass

  • Aubergine Seeds Indoors
  • Cauliflower Seeds Indoors
  • Lettuces Seeds Indoors
  • Sow broad beans in pots cold frame/green house
  • Sow onion seed in a heated propagator

Sowing Outdoors

  • Shallots and Garlic
  • Middle of the month sow tomato and cucumber seed for greenhouse growing.
  • Peas can be sown in the greenhouse in old (but clean) guttering that has had drainage holes drilled in the bottom.
  • Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers.
Harvesting in February
Turnips Harvested

Ready for Harvest in February

  • Sprouting Broccoli
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Swede
  • Celeriac
  • Turnip
  • Cabbage