Longing for signs of spring in February

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, February 04

Longing for signs of spring in February

Temperatures should begin to rise over the course of this month, meaning many herbaceous perennials and half hardy annuals can now be sown under cold glass. It’s a good time to make sure pots are cleaned ready for new planting schemes. Of course there is going to be the odd cold night so ensure terracotta and glazed pots, plants and outdoor taps are protected from frost.

New beds can be marked out and dug over to allow the first on and by the end of the month you can begin to think about outdoor sowing. If you are planning a mini-garden make over this month such as taking up part of the lawn, stack the turf upside down somewhere out of the way and in a couple of years you will have some brilliant compost.

Spring clean cold frames, the greenhouse and cloches ready for Spring planting if you plan to sow outdoors later or if you’re in a colder climate. Don't forget however you can sow seedlings indoor on windowsills and by the time March arrives they will be germinating and ready for the harding off and going out to the greenhouse.

If you have left you're old growth on borders now is the time to get pruning and cutting back in the herbaceous borders to allow light and air for new growth. Check and repair any plant supports in readiness for the coming growing seasons. Perennials can be divided and replanted into freshly prepared soil.

Lastly whilst you are outside ensure that you keep feeders and water bowls clean and topped up for small birds who will like you be longing for signs of spring but still need a little gentle support.


Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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