Tips for February 2021

January 26, 2021 10:39 am Published by

Cut back old fruiting raspberry canes to ground level. New canes that will bear fruit later in the the year will start to grow in the spring.

Towards the end of the month, prune late flowering Clematis. Cut down all top growth to a low pair of healthy buds (6-12″) above soil level.

Tidy strawberry plants by removing old, dead, diseases leaves and any remaining runners.

Sow broad beans (2-3″) deep, directly in the ground or in pots of multipurpose potting compost.

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

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

Pre-warming vegetable beds allows crops to germinate earlier than usual, lengthening the growing season. Cover prepared soil with clear plastic sheeting, fleece or black polythene and leave in place until sowing time. Make sure materials are secure.

Apply a 2-4″ layer of well rotted farmyard manure or garden compost around perennial crops such as Asparagus, Jerusalem Artichokes and Rhubard.

Prune established Wisteria and Campsis side shoots to two or three buds. You can also prune older woody growth to reduce the size and weight of the plant.

If summer fruiting raspberry canes have grown beyond the top of their supports, cut these back to one or two buds above the top wire.