In the Garden

 

There's always something to do in the garden - especially if you have ambitions to show your produce at the next Village Show. Here Show Chairman Roy Halsey offers some advice on what jobs you can be getting on with - weather permitting of course!

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February

In the flower garden:

  • Start dahlia tubers into growth by putting them into trays or pots and cover the tubers with a potting compost or soil leaving the tops proud. The blue boxes from the Greengrocer are ideal
  • Plant lily bulbs in pots for summer
  • It's not too late to sow sweet pea seed
  • Later in the month cut back perennials and ornamental grass. Divide clumps of herbaceous plants
  • Start to prune bush and climbing roses but not rambling roses as they should have been cut back after flowering last July / August. Feed and mulch the herbaceous and rose beds after pruning

In the fruit and veg garden:

  • February is the latest time to prune your apple and pear trees along with autumn raspberries, the canes of which should be cut down to ground level
  • Complete digging of the vegetable area, prepare a seed bed and cover with polythene to warm the soil before sowing
  • Sow greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers at 20°C / 21°C
  • Set up, or chit, seed potatoes in boxes - egg trays are useful for this purpose, place in frost-free place
  • Try a tray of runner bean seed to plant out in a sheltered position in March for an early crop