What to sow & do in a February kitchen garden

What to sow in February garden jobs this month kitchen garden allotment

Are you growing your own fruit, vegetables or herbs this year? Here’s a quick reminder of a few tasks that you can get done during February, before the weather warms up. While it isn’t too hectic, there are some things to sow and do in your kitchen garden or on an allotment.

What to sow in February: Outdoors (under cover)

  • beetroot
  • early/tough varieties of broad bean (such as Aquadulce types)
  • summer cabbage
  • garlic (not seeds)
  • Jerusalem artichoke (tubers)
  • ‘cut and come again’ salad/lettuce leaves
  • ‘sets’ of onions and shallots (not seeds)
  • parsnip
  • early varieties of peas (such as Early Onward, Feltham First)
  • radish
  • rhubarb crowns
  • spring onions
  • spring varieties of spinach (short day types)

 

What to sow indoors in February (warm windowsill/propagator)

  • greenhouse cucumbers
  • chillies
  • sweet peppers
  • some types of greenhouse tomato (check individual seed packets)

 

February: what to sow indoors (room temperature)

  • brassicas such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts
  • herbs for kitchen windowsills, such as parsley and chives
  • celery
  • celeriac
  • leeks

 

Garden jobs to do in February

1. Send out for supplies. If you haven’t done it already, now’s a good time to plan what you’re going to grow this year, and order your seeds, sets and plants.

2. Plant tubers and onions. If the soil’s frost-free, February is a good time to plant out:

  • Jerusalem artichoke tubers
  • Onion and shallot sets
  • Late / Spring garlic

Use a cloche or fleece to protect onions if needed.

3. Prepare new potatoes by chitting. If you’re planning on growing early potatoes this year, start to ‘chit’ your tubers. Stand them on end in a light, frost-free place until they start to sprout ‘eyes’.

4. Get fruity

  • Plant new fruit trees, canes, bushes and rhubarb crowns
  • Divide established rhubarb crowns
  • Prune mature apple and pear trees, figs, and gooseberry and currant bushes
  • Cut autumn fruiting raspberry canes (aka primocanes) back to the ground to encourage new growth

5. Other garden jobs this month:

  • Prepare seed beds
  • Clean out and sterilise greenhouses
  • Re-pot hardy winter herb plants that need more room
  • Protect delicate fruit blossom from frost with fleece
  • Feed fruit with potash (potassium) rich fertiliser
  • Feed spring greens nitrogen-rich fertiliser
  • Tidy up the plot and compost old leaves
  • Turn the compost heap (look out for sleepy hedgehogs)

 

Are you going to be growing your own this year? I think I’m going to have to make a proper grow list for 2018, get a few seeds started and clean out the mini-greenhouse this weekend.

 

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