1. The use of poly tunnels or greenhouses in January & February is very useful.
2. Sow round seeded peas in trays/pots or direct if your ground is not saturated or inhabited by mice. Protect with cloches if necessary.
3. Winter Salads/oriental greens can be sown in trays/pots indoors for later planting out.
4. In warmer areas try hardy oriental greens under cloches.
5. Try Winter Lettuce again protect with cloches or tunnels.
6. Sow Broad Beans, protect if necessary.
7. Sow bulb Onion seeds under glass.
8. Sow Brussels Sprouts & carrots but protect from frost.
9. Harvest Sprouts, force Rhubarb, prune Apple & Pear trees.
1. Dig over any areas of the plot not already done, but take care as heavy wet soil will be damaged by digging,
2. Add organic matter or fertilizer depending on which crop is to be planted.
3. Salvage fallen leaves for making leaf mould.
4. Keep your plot tidy, check stakes/trees are secure from winds.
5. Fill any trenches (for runner beans) with compost/kitchen waste.
6. Order seeds for later use.
7. Clean and disinfect greenhouses.
8. Feed the birds.
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 broadbeans, 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 cabbbage 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.
2. Plant onions and shallots in mild areas.
3. In mid-March plant out early potatoes.
4. Others to sow this month: Beetroot, Broadbeans, Early Carrots (under cloches), Early Peas, Brussel Sprouts (earlies), Kohl-Rabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Peas, Radish,Parsnips, Turnips.
5. Outdoor cucumber & Tomatoes can be sown now and kept in a greenhouse or propagator.
6. Plant fruit bushes/canes. Plant Summer Cabbages, Cauliflower (under cloches).
2. Spread compost around the base of fruit trees/ bushes/canes.
3. Use cloches or fleece to warm up the ground prior to planting later.
2. Artichokes and Asparagus can be planted.
3. Outdoor cucumbers & tomatoes can be sown & kept in the warm.
4. Plant French Beans, Lettuce & Sweetcorn under cloches.
5. This is a good time to plant Strawberries.
2. Keep areas of ground warmer with fleece/polythene to aid later planting.
3. Weeds are starting to appear, so hoe them off before they set seed.
4. Now is the time to erect barriers around your carrots 2 to 3ft high to combat the dreaded Carrot fly. Alternatively cover your Carrots with fleece but ensure all edges are well covered with soil. Keep Carrots earthed up.
5. Plant Onions between rows of Carrots or other plants that might repel the Carrot fly.
6. Slugs & snails will be coming out now. Combat them by: Keep the soil hoed and loose, use beer traps, spread coarse grit, pine needles, straw, sawdust around your plants.
2. Sow Sweetcorn, Marrows, Pumpkins (under cover).
3. Plant out seedlings such as, Brussel Sprouts, Summer Cabbage, Celery, Leeks. Winter Cauliflower, Spring Cabbage, Sprouting Broccoli & Kale should be ready for harvesting now.
2. If late frosts are likely keep fleece handy to cover plants with.
3. Thin out plants as required.
2. Sow the following: French Beans, Runner Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Cauliflowers, Chicory, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Endive, Kohl-rabi, Marrows, Squashes, Swedes, Sweetcorn and Turnips.
3. Successional sowing of certain seeds, should be done throughout the Summer.
2. Keep weeds down, hoeing will aid water to soak in also.
3. Salad crops should be ready for harvesting, along with other early crops.
4. Check Lettuce/Brassicas for slugs/snails especially after rain or watering.
2. Mulching may help to retain water in the soil but be on the lookout for slugs and other pests.
3. Keep weeds at bay with more hoeing.
4. Feed tomatoes and Onions.
5. Check Brassicas for caterpillars/eggs.
6. Water brassicas with a salt & water mix to keep caterpillars off them.
2. Plant out Savoys, Cauliflowers and Kale.
2. If you are storing potatoes for later use, ensure any damaged ones are used, not stored.
3. Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes, leaving 4 or 5 trusses on each plant in general.
4. Turn your compost heap and spray with water if it is very dry.
5. Compost & manure heaps are atractive places for wasps to build their nests, so be wary when disturbing the heaps.
2. Spring Cabbages can be planted out now.
3. Parsnips will taste better if left in the ground until after a frost.
2. Runners from Strawberries can be planted now.
3. Add manure, lime or green manures to your soil, depending on each beds condition and your crop rotation.
2. Broad Beans can also be planted as well as Garlic.
3. Hardy Lettuce can still be sown.
2. Lift any remaining potatoes.
3. Manure empty areas of the plot as required.
4. Clear away dead/decaying foliage.
5. Tidy fruit beds removing dead leaves from Strawberries. Re-plant runners.
2. Sow peas (round type) if the ground is not waterlogged.
3. Parsnips can be left in situ.
2. Harvest Winter Cabbage and Cauliflower.
3. Prune back fruit canes.
4. Remove any rotting fruit/vegetation