Things to do in February

Top Tasks for February - The weather in February can swing from one extreme to the other, from grey days with persistent rain or sleet to a sudden spell of bright, sunny days. Provided the ground is not frozen or too wet to work complete your winter digging and incorporate as much organic matter as you can.

 

• Harvest cabbages, cauliflowers, Brussel sprouts and kale along with leeks, celeriac, parsnips and swede for warming winter stews

• Sow seeds indoors to raise seedlings for planting out in spring

Plant shallots and garlic

• Chit seed potatoes, make sure you have purchased all the seed potatoes you need by the end of this month

• Dig over your plot and add plenty of well rotted organic material

• Force rhubarb, covering crowns should stimulate them into producing an early crop

Sow or plant in February

Broad beans - sow directly outside

Brussels sprouts, kohl rabi and sprouting broccoli - sow first early varieties under glass to plant out in April or May

Globe artichokes - sow in pots at a minimum temperature of 18C. Keep indoors until hardened off to plant out in April or May

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Jerusalem Artichokes - plant tubers direct outside in a single row somewhere the plants won’t over shadow other crops when they reach their full height.

Lettuces - for crops ready to harvest in May and June sow indoors this month, thin out seddlings and plant in cold frames next month

Spinach - for an early crop un April or May sow a fast growing variety indoors and plant out in March

Tomatoes and Cucumbers - if your raising plants for a greenhouse sow seeds indoors now. to ensure germination use a heated propagator then maintain the temperature at a minimum of 21C