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February Garden Guide: For Flourishing Spring Garden

February Gardener’s Guide: Pruning, Propagation, and Seeds to Sow for a Flourishing Spring. The image shows a white wooden tool box, with the words Garden written in green and inside the box are handheld garden tools

In the February Garden Guide, we are going to cover unlocking the magic of your February Garden with prompt tasks this month. As winter starts to loosen its grip, February breathes a whisper of spring into our gardens. The promise of new life and vibrant color begins to stir. It is the perfect time to embark on a journey of renewal and preparation. In this month’s gardening guide, we’ll explore a variety of tasks that will set the stage for a flourishing garden come spring. With the light levels returning, you will have noticed. Which means we have gained an extra thirty minutes on each side of our day. It’s surprising how that has an impact on how it can make us feel. Not to mention, how it begins to lift our motivation for getting back out into the garden.

February Garden Guide: The image shows collecting stems from a Blackcurrant bush for hardwood cuttings. It is an opportune time for plant propagation.

February Garden Guide Plant Propagation: Growing Success from Cuttings

In February, it is an opportune time for plant propagation, allowing you to expand your garden without the need for more purchases. Whether you’re propagating shrubs, perennials, or houseplants, follow these general steps. Firstly, select healthy plants: choose robust and disease-free plants for propagation. Secondly, take cuttings: snip 4–6-inch cuttings from the parent plant, ensuring they include at least one set of leaves. Thirdly, prepare cuttings: remove lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant in a well-draining medium. Lastly, supply best conditions: support warmth and humidity to encourage root development.

The image shows a plant pot with with seed packets in it. Let's kick off our February Garden adventure indoors. It's the ideal moment to start your vegetable and flower seeds, creating a lively prelude to the outdoor spectacle that awaits.

Indoor Delights: Sowing Seeds for Tomorrow's Bounty

Let’s kick off our February Garden adventure indoors. It’s the ideal moment to start your vegetable and flower seeds, creating a lively prelude to the outdoor spectacle that awaits. Among the stars of the show are Celeriac, Leeks, Peppers, Aubergines, Chrysanthemums, Coreopsis, Gallardia, and Primula. These indoor companions herald the arrival of a vibrant garden season. Jumpstarting your garden for the upcoming season. Consider sowing seeds of cold-hardy vegetables, annuals, and perennials indoors for a head start. Among the stars of the show and some popular choices include firstly Cold-Hardy Vegetables: Aubergines, broccoli, cauliflower, celeriac, kale, leeks, lettuce, and peppers. Secondly, Annual Flowers: Marigolds, petunias, and snapdragons. Thirdly, Perennials: Coneflowers, chrysanthemums, coreopsis, delphiniums, Gallardia, and Rudbeckia’s the black-eyed Susans.

Three Hot Tips for Successful Seed Sowing:

Use Quality Seed Starting Mix: Ensure your seeds have a nutrient-rich environment for germination.

Supply Adequate Light: Use grow lights or place seed trays near a south-facing window for sufficient light.

Support Consistent Moisture: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

February Garden Guide Tending to the Garden Borders: A Symphony of Clean Up and Renewal

Step into your garden, and the borders beckon with opportunities for rejuvenation. With the autumn and winter period being wet seasons clearing away debris under your roses may still need to be conducted. Not to mention, thwarting the spread of disease and discouraging overwintering slugs and snails. As the weather begins to warm, now is the time to trim back ornamental grasses, making way for the emerging shoots. I love the way the crocuses and daffodils are peeking through; take note of groups that may receive help from division after flowering. Consider lifting and dividing snowdrops still ‘in the green’ for a touch of garden migration. 

The image shows a cluster of purple hellebore flowers. . Keep a watchful eye for hellebore leaf spot.

If the weather allows, reposition deciduous trees and shrubs, ensuring a new lease of life for these green companions. Keep a watchful eye for hellebore leaf spot and bid farewell to battered shrubs and ornamental grasses, cutting them back to their bases. And don’t forget the hedges—trim them before the birds start their nesting rituals. If we have snow, then be mindful to tap the snow off the branches of evergreen shrubs. Taking this action will ensure that no branches are broken from the weight of the snow.

February Garden Guide Fruitful Ventures in the Vegetable Patch: A Symphony of Growth

Now, let’s venture into the heart of your garden—where fruits and vegetables weave a tale of nourishment and delight. February is the month to start chitting potatoes, a fascinating process that involves preparing potato seeds for planting. Follow the steps—placing them in an egg box, letting the eyes grow to 2cm, and then, they’ll be ready for the soil. To warm up the soil for direct crop sowing, cover your beds with black polythene or an old carpet.

February Garden Guide: the image shows a group of seed potatoes sprouting. February is the month to start chitting potatoes, a fascinating process that involves preparing potato seeds for planting.

If winter vegetables grace your garden, continue harvesting the likes of delicious kale. And for those perennial veggies like asparagus and artichokes, mulch them with well-rotted manure or garden compost. At the same time, you might consider building raised beds now to gain an early advantage in the growing season. These beds not only warm up faster but also offer efficient drainage—perfect for dealing with clay soils. Before the planting frenzy begins, prepare your vegetable seed beds by removing weeds and enriching the soil with compost. Given these points if you have any old compost in a container or baskets, this is ideal for adding to your soil.

Fruitful Endeavours: Pruning for Future Harvests

Equally important fruit-bearing bushes and trees need your attention too. Prune blackcurrant bushes, gooseberries, and redcurrants to support a productive framework. For raspberries, it’s your last chance to cut autumn-fruiting canes to the ground, encouraging new growth for the autumn harvest. Top dress fruit bushes with a slow-release, potassium-rich fertilizer to set the stage for a bountiful season. Check out our three-part pruning formula, I call this tactic the “Fruitful Tapestry.” Uncover the magic behind the Fruitful Tapestry and elevate your gardening experience to new heights!

February Gardener’s Guide Pruning Wisdom: Shaping Your Garden's Destiny

Pruning is another one of those timely tasks. If we are to create beauty in the garden then pruning our shrubs at the correct time of year is crucial. Let’s take a look at our February garden guide overview to pruning this month.

Pruning Winter Stems: Unveiling the Beauty Within

In February, as the frost begins to relent, gardeners are presented with the ideal opportunity to prune back winter stems, revitalizing their landscape. Dogwood plants, known for their stunning display of colourful stems during winter, benefit from this practice. Pruning them at this time not only enhances their aesthetic appeal but also promotes healthier growth. Other plants on the agenda for pruning this month include Ornamental grasses, Buddleias and Clematis.

The image shows a two toned pink/purple and white summer flowering clematis. Now is the time to begin the process for Clematis falling into pruning groups 2 and 3.

Our in-depth pruning guide will take you through step by step, I call this pruning formula, the “Elevate and Flourish.” Transform your garden with expert care, enhancing your shrub’s natural habit. As we trim and tidy our outdoor havens, pruning takes centre stage. Check ties on climbing plants, trees, and shrubs, ensuring they’re not too tight or frayed. Continue pruning Wisteria and ornamental grapevines and begin the process for Clematis falling into pruning groups 2 and 3. Looking to add to your clematis collection this spring? I would certainly recommend these two as a great addition to any garden Clematis alpine ‘Ocean Pearl’ and Clematis Armandii

February Gardener’s Guide Lawn Love: A Carpet of Green Awaits

The image shows a man servicing a petrol mower. Don't forget your loyal mower—book it in for a service before the cutting season kicks into high gear.

While we eagerly prepare our beds and borders, the lawn deserves some love too. Rest your lawn a little longer—hold off on that first cut until March for long-term benefits. Continue the ritual of raking off fallen leaves, to allow sunlight to reach the grass. Now is the time to seize the opportunity to refine lawn edges. And don’t forget your loyal mower—book it in for a service before the cutting season kicks into high gear. 

Armchair Gardening: Dreaming and Planning

February Garden Guide: the image shows a woman at a table filling in a meal plan and planning what she will grow this year.

For those moments when you’re not knee-deep in soil, use your time wisely. Plan your crop rotation if vegetables are on your agenda this year. Dive into the world of summer bulbs, researching and ordering to add a burst of color to your borders.

In conclusion, February serves as a pivotal month for gardeners, setting the stage for a vibrant and flourishing spring. By incorporating these essential tasks into your gardening routine, you’ll not only enhance the beauty of your landscape but also ensure the long-term health and vitality of your plants. Embrace the opportunities that this transitional month supplies and watch as your garden transforms into a tapestry of color and life in the months to come.

Has the weather held you back and are you playing catch up? Make sure to visit our January garden guide to help you get back on track! 

Happy gardening, Kristian

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