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Rooko's February Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1. Add some extra rain water harvesting containers to your garden or allotment before the current rain stops and we get a hosepipe ban introduced. (Californians may be too late).

2. If you are thinking of growing Carrots and/or Cabbages this season, try growing some Sage plants close to them as the Sage will discourage cabbage moths and carrot flies, as does Rosemary.

3. Many perennial plants can be divided this month if your beds and borders are not frozen or waterlogged. Large clumps can be divided into 5 or 6 smaller clumps and smaller clumps into 2 or 3 clumps. Re-plant the divided clumps straight away after division.

4. Lots of different types of vegetables can be sown outdoors (under cover) this month. Again make sure that their planting area is not waterlogged or subject to possible freezing.

5. Fruit trees and bushes can be fed with Sulphate of Potash this month.

6. Digging over allotment beds can still continue this month as well as lightly forking over flower beds and borders. Do not walk directly on wet soil whilst digging, use "walking boards" underfoot.

7. If you are planting out Strawberry plants this month give them a good covering of mulch to keep any frost off them.

8. Many types of seeds can be sown now, in heated greenhouses or similar. Beware of the seedlings damping off, after sowing early. Spraying early sown seedlings with a suitable fungicide may be necessary.

9. My local B & Q is currently selling seed potatoes (2 bags for £6), slightly cheaper than many other suppliers. Check out your local B & Q if your interested.

1. Sow winter greens (under cloches or tunnels).
2. Sow round seeded peas (probably best in pots or trays).
3.  Sow tomatoes seeds early Feb (heated greenhouse) late Feb (unheated greenhouse).
4. Depending on conditions, sow broad beans, early peas for harvesting in May/June.
5. Parsnips can be sown in Feb but sowing in March may give better germination.
6. Try planting shallots under cloches.
7. Lettuce, radish and rocket can be started early under cloches or in the greenhouse.
8. Spinach, turnips and Summer cabbage can be sown under cover.
9. Sow onion seeds indoors (15degC).
10. Cane fruits can still be planted in Feb.
1. Cover over unused areas of the plot with cloches or black plastic sheeting to warm the soil earlier.
2. Clean out pots and trays.
3. Repair or replace any broken/damaged tools.
4. Feed the birds.


  1. My perennials just don't seem to want to die down. I'll have to cut them back soon to give the spring bulbs some space.

    1. Same in my garden Sue. Lots of growth with the mild winter despite persistent rain day after day, its beyond a joke here in the S.W.

  2. I saw some good-looking seed potatoes in Wilkinsons at the weekend. 5 tubers for £1 - a bargain, in my opinion.
    In current weather conditions, I bet that suppliers of poly-tunnels are doing a roaring trade!

    1. Hi Mark, I heard that Wilkinsons had started to stock up with this years gardening items. The seed potatoes are usually pretty good from them. I haven't been into town for ages or down my plots its far too wet all round. 1 and a half days last week with no rain and part of last Sunday. There's one heck of a storm going on right now, torrential rain and very high winds. I'm making hay while the rain shines?? decorating the kitchen and putting a new cloak room in downstairs.

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