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Head Gardener's tips for February

1st February 2016

  • With there being very little chance of the ground being dry, now is a good time to mulch your borders to feed them and retain some of that moisture during active growth of your garden plants. April and May can be a busy time in the garden and by mulching, you supress that first, irritating flush of annual weeds.
  • Keep an eye out for greenhouse pests, catch them early to avoid an outbreak later on in the year which is much harder to control.
  • Start sowing your seeds, keep them well ventilated and prick them out early to avoid damping off.
  • As perennials begin their active growth, it is a great time to divide the clumps. By dividing in the spring the plants remain active and recover from the division very quickly.
  • Chit your seed potatoes in a cool, well-lit place. By giving them lots of light but cooler temperatures, you avoid the drawn, alien like growth when it comes to planting time.