Action for February Jobs around the garden
On the patio
Stop pots from freezing - raise them on bricks or pot feet. Wrap in bubble plastic and keep in a sheltered spot.
Pot up stored dahlia tubers into trays or individual pots of compost in February. Grow them on in a warm location.
What to sow
- Slow-growing bedding such as antirrhinum, begonia, gazania, lobelia and pelargonium, and perennials and grasses to flower this year
- Hardy annuals - sow in small pots or modular trays for planting out in spring
- Sweet peas
- Veg that is slow to germinate such as chillies and sweet peppers. Sow in a heated greenhouse or propagator (wait for March otherwise). You can also start sowing tomatoes.
Fruit and veg
Plant new rhubarb crowns in February in well-cultivated soil and mulch with strawy manure.
Sow broad beans and peas directly into the ground from mid- to late February. They’ll be ready to harvest in early summer. Feed them by adding a little fish, blood and bone fertiliser to the soil before you sow.
Plant garlic 15cm apart and about 2cm deep in well-drained soil. If the soil is too wet or cold, start the cloves off in pots or wait until next month. It’s also time to plant onion and shallot sets.