This month finds me reflecting on my post last year which was all about Teamwork and the importance of having a great group of supportive members to rally round at times when we need it the most. So much has changed since then and none of us would have thought that we would be in a third lockdown in a really cold and wet time of year.

Without teams we are the poorer for being isolated and/or alone, and it can make our lives difficult to navigate – a problem shared is a problem halved’ so they say. With all of the online technology that we have now continuing to involve your team if you’re in business, or your family if you’re not, in your current challenges can clear your mind and point towards a solution.

So, onto the month’s news. February is traditionally the month when snowdrops appear, and we’ve seen lots already in January – even the odd bunch of daffodils! If you’re thinking about buying snowdrops do remember that they are best bought ‘in the green’ but do ensure that they are obtained from a reputable source and not ripped from the countryside or pinched from a garden.

Weather permitting, there are plenty of things to get on with in February, so get out into your garden and get going! The sunshine is popping in and out and getting out in the garden doesn’t just help your garden, it’s great for your health and wellbeing!

THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY?

  • Top up the food and water supplies for garden birds on a regular basis. Water is especially important if we have a cold spell.
  • Apply organic-based fertilisers such as well-rotted manure to mature, permanent beds.
  • If the weather allows continue to plant trees and shrubs.
  • If newly planted trees and shrubs have been lifted by frost firm them back into the ground. Mulch with chipped bark to suppress weeds and keep them warm.
  • Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
  • If summer-flowering shrubs flowered on new wood, prune them back to promote new growth in the Spring.
  • Prune hardy evergreen trees and shrubs.
  • Prune jasmine and later-summer-flowering clematis.
  • Top-dress or re-pot shrubs in containers.
  • Prune off old stems of herbaceous perennials.
  • Start dahlia tubers into growth by nestling into trays of moist compost. Once shoots are 3” tall they can be taken as cuttings to increase stock.
  • Divide and re-plant snowdrops once they have finished flowering and setting seed.
  • Bring the last of the spring bulbs being forced inside.
  • Prepare seedbeds for vegetables (only if the ground is not waterlogged).
  • Lime vegetable plots if necessary. Remember to rotate your plots annually.
  • Continue planting fruit trees and bushes.
  • Mulch fruit trees after feeding. Use chipped bark or good garden compost.

 

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO….

  • Cut back overgrown shrubs and hedges before the nesting season starts.
  • Finish pruning fruit such as raspberries and gooseberries. Mulch with organic matter and they will love you for it!

GET IN FRONT….

  • Make sure that all pots and seed trays are clean.
  • Check your stocks of pots, compost and labels.
  • Check tools, equipment and plant supports are sound.

Sue

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