February & March divides the UK into potential spring down south, and still winter up north. Its tempting to try and get a head start on the season as the day lengthen but be patient! A warm spell can be followed by freezing weather or flood. Spend time removing dead growth and generally clipping back for the season.
As for what you should do for growing vegetables here’s what to do.
- Chit seed potatoes as soon as you have them.
- From mid February onwards sow tomato and cucumber seeds for greenhouse growing
- Plant out garlic and shallots in light soils only
- if you have light soil and live in a mild part of the UK, you can sow Broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early beetroot, salad onions, lettuces, radish, spinach and summer cabbages outside under cloches
- Peas can be sown in old(but clean) guttering that has had drainage holes drilled in it
- Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers
- Buy new potting compost (peat free and organic) for this year’s sowing and growing. Last year’s product shouldn’t be used as it deteriorates over winter.
- Spread the old stuff over the garden, or use it as top dressing on the lawn.
- Start sowing hardy annual flower seeds in cleaned pots/trays under cover.
- Choose plants that will attract beneficial insects into your organic garden.
- Seed trays and pots should be clean; Potting compost should be fresh; Watering should be from below, and be clean tap water; Keep watering to a minimum; Seedlings must have plenty of light and ventilation, and not be too sown too thickly
- If a frost is forecast, be sure to protect any tender plants.