Gardening / Self Sufficiency / In The Garden

February in the Garden

Since we’re in February now, and I am apparently completely unable to keep up with my succession planting plans, I thought I’d go through what I’m meant to be doing in the garden in February.

As was the case in January I’m utilising the Yates Month by Month garden guide from the library, and I’m teaming it up with Marcelle Nankervis’s Smart Gardening.

Apparently January is not the only time for resting in the garden – February is a scorcher, too! Nankervis suggests avoiding any major gardening plans – especially the planting out of seedlings – until March when the temperature gets a bit cooler. Now is the time to take advantage of your harvest (if you have any that is!).

Garden Maintenance

Some of the garden maintenance tasks include:

  • Propagating any semi-hardwood plants.
  • Applying weed-n-feed solutions to lawns.
  • Treat for pests such as powdery mildew, fruit fly and the dreaded pear and cherry slug. Nankervis recommends dusting any affected trees with ash, and allowing chickens to forage around the base (presumably to chomp up any nasties still lurking in the soil). Yet another reason to get chickens, if only Nick wasn’t so darn opposed…

In the Vegie Patch

  • Try to avoid planting too many seedlings while the days are hot, as they will get stressed. Nankervis suggests soaking silverbeet and beetroot seeds overnight to accelerate germination prior to them being planted out.
  • Apply a nitrogen based liquid fertiliser to the garden – especially to any leafy greens you have growing.

In the Orchard

  • Prune any summer fruit trees after the fruit has been harvested – if you like, you can prune as you harvest.

In the Flower Garden

  • Apply potash to the flower garden to assist in fungus resistance.
  • Trim summer flowering plants as they finish flowering. Either use the clippings in indoor floral arrangements, or add them to the compost heap.
  • Make sure you have plenty of flowering plants scattered around the garden to help attract bees. Some favourites include lavender, daisies, and salvias.

Sowing Seeds

February’s suggested seed list is much like January’s. In February they recommend that you:

Direct Sow (Vegetables):
Beetroot, carrot, chicory, chives, climbing beans,  dwarf beans, endives, kohl rabi, mustard greens, oregano, parsley, parsnip, peas radicchio, radish, salsify, silverbeet, spring onions, swede, and turnips.

In Trays Sow:
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, leek, lettuce, onions, and shallots.

Plant Seedlings:
Broccoli, cabbage, fennel (bulb), leek, lettuce, marrow, mint, and zucchini.

Do you follow a plan for gardening? What’s happening your garden this month?

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