Gardening Tasks for February

Summer's End in the Garden - A Time for Harvest and Preparation

The last month of summer, February can be a real challenge for the home gardener as hot, dry weather prevails for most of the month. However, it is also a wonderful month for harvesting, both vegetables and fruit. It’s also time to start planning winter additions to the garden!

Tomatoes and cucumbers
Veggie Garden Tasks

A bountiful month for the harvesting of summer salad vegetables, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes. Other summer vegetables now maturing include aubergines, beans (dwarf and climber), courgettes, beetroot, corn, onions, peppers, silver beet, spinach, and pumpkins. When harvesting, all finished green matter should go straight into the compost or green bin. Quick-maturing salad vegetables, dwarf beans and lettuce can still be planted this month. 

Towards the end of the month, plant out the first early-winter maturing vegetable seedlings such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower. Soak seedlings in Garden Time Seafeed first to give them the best start and lessen transplant shock. Along with this, make sure to prepare the soil thoroughly, enriching it with generous amounts of fresh Garden Time Compost or 7in1 Compost.

Flowering Annuals

Summer flowering annuals are perfectly adapted to the hot dry conditions and will continue to thrive throughout February. These include cosmos, marigolds, petunias, salvias, portulacas, verbena, zinnias and many more. 

Regular deadheading of finished blooms is essential to encourage continuous flowering. Flowering annuals can be grown in containers, both small and large, to add a splash of colour to your outdoor space. For optimal growth, place them in full sun and use a high-quality potting mix.

Planting tulip bulbs
Bulb Season Begins

Believe it or not, February is traditionally the beginning of bulb planting season. Bulbs grow best in an open, sunny position, where the soil is free-draining and rich in organic matter. 

Prepare your planting areas now by adding a blend of compost and Daltons Premium Bulb Mix to existing soil. Remember, since some bulbs will remain undisturbed in the ground for many years, it’s important to think about the best spot for them in your garden. You can also grow bulbs in containers to optimise your garden space. 

Harvesting Fruit Trees 

The last of the stone fruits, peaches and plums are maturing. If you have an abundance of fruit, consider sharing the harvest with neighbours or donating to your local community - it's a wonderful way to spread the joy of fresh produce. Alternatively, preserve or bottle your harvests.

Early apple varieties, such as Gala, are ripe for picking, with many more to come. Keep the area around your fruit trees clear of weeds and add a layer of Daltons Premium Mulch & Grow.

deheading roses
Rose Garden Care

Give roses a light summer prune now and you will be rewarded with more blooms towards the end of February. Check all bushes and climbers regularly for early signs of black spot and rust. Continue to mulch all rose plants to improve water retention. Remove any dead leaves around plants to help reduce the spread of any bacterial or fungal infections. 

Herb Garden Care

With the heat of summer, the herb garden should be a riot of lush foliage! Clip regularly to encourage the development of fresh growth. Remember herbs can also be successfully cultivated in containers.

Container Gardening

In small spaces, container gardening can be used to cultivate kitchen salad vegetables, grow herbs or flowering annuals. When planting a new crop, always empty and clean the container thoroughly before filling it with fresh container mix.

February Tasks
Lawn Care

The hot dry summer months are always tough for lawns. Where water is available and affordable, irrigate regularly in the cooler times of the day. Let your grass grow a bit longer than usual as this helps protect your lawn during dry conditions.

Houseplant TLC

Dealing with the ups and downs of temperature and humidity inside our homes can be a real challenge for all but the hardiest of houseplants. Of course, some will thrive, so note which ones those are. 

The best tool in the box for summer care of houseplants is a small hand mister. Spray a fine mist of water over houseplants regularly throughout the day.  

Misting houseplant