Greenhouse calendar - February
February tantalises with hints of warm spring sunshine, despite this it’s often the coldest month of the year. Hold back on most planting and seed sowing, focussing on getting bare root plants in the ground and tackling maintenance jobs in the garden. Be ready to protect plants from snow and frost.
- Sow tomato and chilli seeds on a warm, sunny windowsill - a heated propagator will help to speed up germination.
- Hardy crops such as peas, broad beans, celeriac and spinach can be sown on a windowsill or in a greenhouse this month.
- Chit seed potatoes by placing them in empty egg boxes somewhere cool, frost-free and bright. The aim is to encourage stubby shoots to appear, before you plant them out in the garden.
In the garden:
- Prune trees, shrubs and roses while they’re still dormant.
- Defrost the bird bath and keep bird feeders topped up every day with nuts and seeds.
- Maintain fences, securing loose sections and replacing panels damaged by winter storms. It’s also a good time to give them a lick of paint.
- If you haven’t already, give wisteria its winter prune.
- On a dry, mild day give the greenhouse a spring clean. Move any plants outside and cover them with a couple of layers of horticultural fleece to keep them warm. Sweep the floor to remove dust, plant debris and compost. Wash down the glass and frame, both inside and out, with hot, soapy water then rinse using a hosepipe.
- Tidy up any plants before you return them to the greenhouse, removing any dead leaves and checking the undersides of pots for pests such as slugs.