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We get a glimpse of the early signs of the arrival of Spring this month. The soil begins to warm up around the middle of February and we can see for the first time this year the buds beginning to swell on fruit trees and bushes. Overwintering vegetables begin to look less sorry for themselves and they start to produce new growth. These are the signals that it is now safe to think about sowing a row of early, peas and broad beans using a hardy cultivar. It is too late to sow the broad bean ‘Aquadulce’ it is only really suitable for growing overwinter.
Sowing and Planting
After the middle of the month it is safe to think about sowing the seeds of early vegetables. Prepare a seed bed and sow ‘White Lisbon’ Spring onion, early short horn carrots, early types of lettuce.
Top dress all of the fruit trees and soft fruit bushes with a general fertiliser at the recommended application rate. At the same time top dress the rest of the plot with a general fertiliser as land becomes available.
Check over any fruit trees and bushes for damage and disease problems and take appropriate action.
Prune late/autumn fruiting raspberries down as low as possible and mulch around them. Tip back summer fruiting back to around 6ft/1.9mts to encourage the development of fruiting side growths
Complete any outstanding winter pruning of soft fruit bushes cutting out down to soil level the older dark stemmed shoots of blackcurrants.
Cover the soil with cloches or sheets of plastic to warm it up in readiness for the next batch of sowing and planting. Don’t overdo it little and often is the plan over the coming weeks.
Check over the chitting potatoes and begin to rub off any eyes that are unwanted leaving three or four well-spaced shoots. Keep some fleece or newspapers nearby to cover them up on starry, frosty nights you don’t want to run the risk of losing them at this late date.
Keep checking frequently on the condition of any produce in store it will begin to wake up after its winter dormancy and start to regrow.
Ian your friendly stores person is usually available on site after 12 noon
Seed Potatoes - £1-20/Kg
First Earlies: Casablanca
Second Earlies: Charlotte - Nicola
Maincrop:– Maris Piper - King Edward – Cara – Picasso – Desiree
Onion Sets - £1-50/500g
Sturon (yellow) Red Barron (red)
NPK = Percentage of Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium
Clover M.P. Compost 75 Ltr £5-50
Grow Organic 40 Ltr NPK 5.8-3.5-3.0 £7-50
6x Chicken Manure Pellets 8kg NPK 5.0-3.3-2.2 £6-00
Farmyard Manure 60 Ltr £4-60
Garden Lime 2.5 Kg £1-00
Chemical Fertilizer (Quick Release) 2.5 Kg
Growmore NPK 7-7-7(General Purpose) £2-00
Nitro Chalk 27% Nitrogen £2-30
Sulphate of Ammonia. 21% Ammonia (Nitrogen) £1-60
Superphosphate (Phosphate) £3-00
Potato Fertilizer NPK 6-10-10 £2-50
Organic Fertilizer (Slow Release) 2.5 Kg
Fish Blood and Bone £1-40
Bone Meal £1-60
Layers Pellets 20kg £7-70
Mixed Corn 20kg £7-50
Bamboo Canes 8ft 50p
Epsom Salts/Bag 50p
Jeyes Fluid/500ml £3-20
Twine (clearance price) £1-00
Yellow Sulphur (clearance price) £1-00