TASKS TO BE GETTING ON WITH OUTDOORS: After Mid-February, as long as the weather is behaving (15 deg C) you can think about sowing your early vegetable seeds. Early lettuces, early carrots, broad beans, early peas (Meteor and Feltham First) can be sown out in prepared seed beds, or to be safe you can start your peas in a greenhouse. You can also sow your Summer cabbages (Prime for example), spinach and turnips. You can plant out shallots, Jerusalem artichokes and garlics now, but shallots would benefit from being covered with a cloche. While they’re still dormant, you can prune your pear and apple trees. Raspberries and other cane fruits, as well as fruit trees can also be planted out in February. Check over your chitting potatoes rubbing off any unwanted eyes leaving 3/4 well places shoots. And make sure they’re covered on any frosty nights.
GENERAL TASKS: General catch up following January including digging over, creating some leaf mould heaps. Double check your sheds for any splitting in the wood following the wet and cold. Also check your greenhouses (any splits in plastic sheets and any cracks etc in glass panes.) Now is also a great time to give your greenhouse a good clean. Wash and sterilise your trays and pots. Check for any left over small potatoes in last years beds and remove them to avoid spreading any disease. You can also cover your beds with some dark sheeting (plastic or fleece) to warm the ground for a few weeks before sowing.