10 tips for gardeners in February

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  1. Enrich your soil before planting with your own compost or a multipurpose fertiliser.
  1. With a pair of secateurs, cut back the stems of herbaceous perennials and then spread compost around the plants.
  2. If you intend to grow a few different vegetables, draw up a simple seed sowing plan.
  3. Go to your local potato fair, which will be great for buying seed potatoes and picking up growing tips. Chit spuds in a cool, light place to develop healthy green shoots for planting from March onwards.
  4. Remember, there’s still time to plant garlic cloves.
  5. Get ready for next month with a cold frame – essential protection for fluctuating spring temperatures.
  6. Stuck for growing space? Try one of our raised bed frames or square foot gardens. Raised beds cut out digging and weeding – just fill them with compost and get growing!
  7. Sow sweet peas indoors in deep pots for endless flowers from July onwards.
  8. Sow your seeds into modules (make sure you label and date them). Remember to use a peat-free compost, in the interest of conserving peat bogs.
  9. Go out and find some snowdrops. Maybe February isn’t so bad after all!

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  • Herbaceous perennials: ‘herbaceous’ means green and leafy; ‘perennial’ means it comes back year after year. Therefore, most of these plants tend to die back over winter and emerge again in the spring.
  • Chit: the process of placing seed potatoes in a cool, light and frost-free place to produce green, sturdy shoots.
  • Module: a tray of small pots. When the seedling is ready, you just push it out of the modules and pop it into the soil. You can make an improvised module with yoghurt pots (pierce some drainage holes) or toilet rolls.

By Louisa Evans