Tips for February 2022

January 31, 2022 9:56 am Published by

Prune Wisteria by cutting back side shoots and shortening the summer pruned shoots further to just two or three buds.

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

Towards the end of the month, prune late flowering Clematis. Cut down all top growth to a low pair of healthy buds.

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

Mulch shrubs, trees, hedges and climbers after pruning with organic matter such as well rotted manure or garden compost.

Lift and divide clumps of snowdrops and winter aconites once they finish flowering.

Sow sweet peas on a window sill or in a cool greenhouse. If you sowed several seeds in a pot in the autumn, these should be ready for potting up and growing on in a greenhouse or cold frame to plant out in April.

Hardy shrubs that flower on new wood in summer such as Buddleia Davidii can be pruned this month.

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 it is secure.

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

There is still time to plant lily bulbs in containers or borders for a colourful display in summer.