February in the garden

February is the shortest month of the year and one of the hottest. We also call February the month of love as Valentine’s falls right in the middle.

Don’t forget to come into Schaffler’s Garden Nursery to get a living gift for your Valentine.

Although February falls into late Summer, towards the end of the month there is often a hint of change of season.

Flowers

There are many annuals that will start coming to the end of their season and need to be pulled out so that the ground can be prepared for Autumn/Winter planting.

Seedlings such as Marigolds, Dianthus, Salvia, Petunias and more will continue to bloom and will need to be deadheaded and fed with a liquid fertiliser on a regular basis to keep them looking good. Water all seedlings regularly in dry weather.

There is still time to plant some annuals such as Alyssum, Gazanias, Loblias, various Begonias and Vincas to fill those awkward gaps. They will flower in Autumn and even early Winter.

Autumn is when you plant your Sweet Pea seeds so don’t forget to leave space for them as well as your African daisy seeds.

Herbs and Vegetables

Most herbs and vegetables prefer the sun and remember that many are seasonal.

Remove vegetable and herbs that have come to the end of their productive cycle and keep harvesting the others to keep them producing.

It is almost changeover time but there is all year round herbs and vegetables that one can still plant now such as Spinach, Rocket, Parsley, Lettuces, Coriander and others. Plant seeds of Carrots, Beetroot and raddish.

Towards the end of month, you can start to sow seeds of Peas, Broad Beans, Cabbage and Broccoli. Remember to stake climbing Peas and Broad Beans.

Like herbs and veggies feed us, they too need to be fed with a 6:3:4 fertiliser and watered during dry spells.

With the weather being so warm, weeds grow prolifically so try and stay on top of them.

Shrubs and Perennials

Remove dead and diseased wood and growth that is out of shape. Deadhead to keep them flowering.

Feed your whole garden with a general fertiliser as many of your shrubs and perennials have a spurt of growth in Autumn.

Keep flowerbeds well mulched as this helps to retain the moisture and helps to keep the weeds down.

Water well during dry spells.

Azaleas, Camellias and Fuchsias are acid lovers so keep them mulched with an acid compost.

Don’t let Azaleas and Camellias dry out as this will cause them to drop their buds. Keep them moist but not muddy.

Roses

Despite the February heat, roses are still flowering and looking good.

Deadhead them regularly to keep them flowering and don’t forget to feed them at least once to keep them strong and healthy.

Prevention is better than cure so spray your roses every two weeks with a cocktail to keep your roses healthy. If any pests are found, spray once a week until they are under control.

Roses benefit by being mulched at all times so when it gets thin, top it up and your roses will thank you with more flowers.

Lawns

With lawns being the focal point of many gardens, we need to keep them looking good at all times.

Don’t cut your lawn too short as the sun can burn the roots. Rather lift the blade a little and cut more often.

This is the time of the year when fungus such as Dollar Spot, Fairy Ring and brown patches can be found on the lawn. Treat as and when necessary.

Birds

Birds, like us, need to drink water often so keep birdbaths and millstones topped up with fresh water.

To keep the birds in your garden, put out a range of food such as seed, fruit, suet and even cheese and peanuts.

This will help them to be strong during the lean winter months.

General

Try and stay on top of the weeds.

Trim what needs to be trimmed, eg. hedges and standards, as there is a lot of growth now.

Keep eyes open for pests and diseases and treat accordingly.