Tips for February 2019

January 30, 2019 10:00 am Published by

Prune autumn fruiting raspberry canes. Cut the canes down to ground level.

Cut back late summer and autumn flowering clematis to 30cm from ground level.

Sow broad beans 5-7cm deep directly in the garden or in pots of multipurpose potting compost.

Prune Wisteria and Campsis by cutting back the side shoots around 2.5 to 5cm to two or three buds.

Plant rhubarb crowns, shallots, garlic and jerusalem artichokes until March, provided no frost.

Lift and divide snowdrops “in the green” once they finish flowering.

Set early seed potatoes up for chitting, ready for planting out in March. Place potatoes eye end up in egg cartons or trays on window sill.

Prune summer-flowering deciduous shrubs that flower on the crrent years growth such as Buddleia, Hygrangea, Lavateria and deciduous Ceaothus.

Spray dormant fruit trees and bushes with a plant oil based winter wash.

Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches from frosts with horticultural fleece.