Hot, hot, hot. It's hot everywhere right now, but this month it is important to focus on your garden since now is the time to take soft cuttings, sow a first crop of winter vegetables and pop winter- and spring-flowering annuals in trays in most regions around the country.
What to do in the garden during February
This month is a great time to get starting on preparation for the upcoming autumn months. Watering, mulching and feeding are very important during this hot month.
- Prepare compost heaps for the constant stream of leaves that autumn sheds every year.
- Keep the lawn nicely trimmed, but not too short. When it's hot the top leaf growth will protect the grass roots. Give lawn a good watering once a week - if it has not rained.
- There is still time to get started on your edible garden in some regions, just make sure you pay special attention to watering requirements and what will grow best by getting some advice from your local garden centre, before you get started.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs now. Plumbago, Potato bush, Honeysuckle, Durantas.
- Dead head annuals and perennials so that they keep on flowering. Allowing some annuals to go to seed will give you seedlings for next season.
- Many summer flowering annuals start coming to the end of their flowering season and need to be removed.
- Remove summer vegetables that are coming to the end of their productive cycle and prepare for planting winter and spring crops.
What to sow in the garden in February
- Sow spinach, globe artichokes, hot peppers, parsley, carrots and radish. Don’t forget to add companion plants to keep pests at bay.
- Sweet peas must be sown early to make sure of good strong plants and many flowers. Pop in a trellis or bamboo frame to support the plants once they get started.
- Sow early crops of peas and broad beans in the cooler climates.
- Continue sowing regular crops of quick herbs like coriander and rocket.
GOOD TO KNOW
Do not plant winter annuals to early. They don't like the heat. Rather plant another batch of petunias, marigolds or vincas. They will still give you lots of pleasure before winter.
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