Barely a week goes by with Eunice or Mavis or Hector blowing in off the Atlantic and threatening to toss asunder all the good work we’ve done preparing our plots. With all the storm-borne mischief of the last weeks, here’s our guide to February vegetable patch jobs.
- Chit seed potatoes
- Plant shallots (week 4)
- Sow Parsnip (week 4)
- Spring clean Brassica beds
- Sow Spring onions
- Clean Asparagus beds ready for spring. Mulch with well rotted manure or compost – before growth starts or the new tips will be damaged.
- Feed spring cabbage with quick-acting nitrogen
- Prepare beds for sowing next month
- Divide Sage and Thyme and cut back excess growth
- Check stored potatoes – rub off any sprouts
- Check stored onions – chuck any “sick” ones!
- Lift some mature rhubarb crowns, split and replant; mulch of compost over rhubarb crowns
- Cover strawberry plants planted last year with cloches to get them growing a bit earlier
- Mulch of compost around gooseberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant bushes, and raspberry canes
What’s in Season?
- Broccoli – Sprouting
- Brussels Sprouts
- Cabbage – Savoy
- Cabbage – Winter
- Use up the last of any stored beetroot and carrots, before they start to regrow
- Harvest the last of the salsify and scorzonera, also before they regrow.
- Spinach – Winter
By Gavin Keir
More Info can be found at: The Vegetable Diary
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