The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th February 2018

Although it may still seem cold and uninviting the garden can produce goodies for the family at this time of year. Leeks, Brussels sprouts and cabbages and some herbs are hardy enough to grow throughout the winter. Read on to find out what to do in the garden now.

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th February 2018

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th February 2018

  • From February onwards, you can sow broad beans, early carrots and shallots. For protection, these should be kept under cloches for the first few weeks. You can make a simple, single cloche using the top half of a plastic bottle, wedged into the ground.
  • In a greenhouse or inside on a sunny windowsill you can start summer cabbage, leeks and onions.
  • Towards the end of February is a good time to buy early seed potatoes and start them in trays with their sprouts pointing up. Keep in a cool, light spot ready for planting out in March.
  • If you fancy trying asparagus this year, order your crowns now for planting later on and start preparing a plot to ensure it is well dug and free from weeds.
  • Spread mulch this month before plants get too large. Use a thick layer of compost, between trees, shrubs, roses and fruit. This is best applied up to 5cm thick, if you have sufficient material.
  • Enjoy browsing seed catalogues and choosing seeds to sow in the spring. For organic seeds try The Organic Gardening Catalogue.

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