February's vegetable patch

Posted on: 04 February 2014 by Gareth Hargreaves

It's time to harvest the last of the winter vegetables and prepare the veggie patch for the first sowing of spring

Vegetable garden in February

What to do in your vegetable garden in February? Here is a list of jobs you should be looking to complete before the end of the month. 

Vegetable beds

  • 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!


Fruit

  • Lift some mature rhubarb crowns, split and replant; mulch of compost over rhubarb crowns
  • Cover strawberry plants planted last yar with cloches to get them growing a bit earlier
  • Mulch of compost around gooseberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant bushes, and raspberry canes


brocolliWhat's in Season?

  • Broccoli - Sprouting

  • Brussels Sprouts

  • Cabbage - Savoy

  • Cabbage - Winter

  • Chard

  • Kale

  • Leek

  • Parsnip

  • 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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