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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 persistant 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 minmum temeprature of 18C. Keep indoors until hardened off to plant out in April or May

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