The Vegetable Patch in February

The Fruit Garden in February
Other Gardening Jobs in February

Harvest root vegetables
Parsnip, turnip, swede and jerusalem artichoke can all be lifted. Start lifting before they start into new growth which will make the roots flabby. Scorzonera, salsify and celeriac will also be ready.

Harvest other winter vegetables
Kale, purple sprouting broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach and chard can all be picked and are a welcome addition to the dinner table.

Sprout some seeds on your windowsill
Most things grow tasty shoots. Try beetroot, peas, broccoli as well as the usual cress, alfalfa, mustard and clover. In fact, you can sprout seeds of almost anything.

Cover soil with black polythene or cloches
For early crops, warm and dry out the soil by covering with cloches or sheets of black plastic.

Sow early crops in the greenhouse or on a light windowsill
You can get started with broad beans, early cabbages, leeks, onions, peas, radish, spinach and turnip.

Sow greenhouse crops
Seeds that will be grown in the greenhouse can be started now. Sow chillies, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, cucumber and melons and keep them warm inside or in a heated propagator. These all benefit from an early start.

Cover your brassicas with netting
If pigeons are a problem in your area, then cover any purple sprouting broccoli, kale and other brassicas with netting or fleece. Pigeons do like the green leaves and they will quickly and easily strip your plants.

Chit potatoes
Place your seed potatoes in egg boxes in a cool, dry, light place to help them chit. This can help give them an early start.

Finish digging
If the soil is not too hard or waterlogged then finish digging it over and incorporating compost and manure. If the soil is very dry, then rake it over to get a fine tilth for seedbeds.

Look out for volunteer potatoes
Remove any potatoes that were missed last season and have begun sprouting. They could spread disease and blight and you don’t want them growing amongst your other crops.



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