Jobs for February

As the first signs of life appear, it is time to start gathering your supplies for the growing season. First things first, potatoes!

20 January 2021

  1. Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover or indoors.
  2. Chit potato tubers ahead of planting. ‘Chitting’ means encouraging seed potatoes to sprout before planting.
  3. Protect fruit and vegetable crops from birds by covering them with net.
  4. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering, but leave them longer if they still have berries on them as this is a good food source for birds.
  5. Plant garlic sets.
  6. Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting 'in the green' (with green leaves).
  7. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges. ‘Deciduous’ is a term that refers to trees and shrubs that shed their leaves annually.
  8. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter, remove dead grass from evergreen grasses.
  9. If not done due to harsh weather, cut autumn raspberry canes to the ground, so they are ready to re-grow in the spring.
  10. Plant bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes.

Looking for more green-fingered gems? Find more ideas on the RHS website.

Check out these indoor activites for home learners

Paper pots - Using old newpaper and a jar, you can make compostable paper pots ready for sowing season.

Store cupboard scientist - Set up an experiment using odds and ends from your kitchen cupboards. 

Make a mini bug home - Perfect for a balcony, make a mini house for local mini beasts to enjoy.
 

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