February in the Kitchen Garden is an odd time and not just because a Groundhog called Phil tells us if there is more winter or not!! As a gardener, you are itching to get some seed in pots but too soon and you risk leggy seedlings that will not thrive in the garden. Especially as Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter – darn you, Phil! So what can you do out in the garden during this short month?
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10 Jobs you can do in the February Kitchen Garden
1. Chit potatoes
You can Chit you potatoes for sowing on Good Friday- you can read all about it here – Chitting Potatoes-How and Why?
3. Start sowing vegetables in the cold-frame
Start sowing vegetable seeds such as Leeks, onions and celeriac undercover now. Only do this if you have space in the greenhouse or a cold-frame
4. Plant Aubergines and chillis in a heated propagator
You can start Aubergine and Chillis for the greenhouse but you must keep them warm. These seedlings need a long growing season and must be molly-coddled to produce and a heated propagator is a good idea.
5. Make raised beds
If you garden on heavy clay soil like me but want to make an early start in the garden, build raised beds before the growing season gets underway. All of our Kitchen garden is raised beds, thanks to our dreadful soil, so we can control the soil more. This is a fabulous guide on how to build cheap raised beds from the Farmer’s Almanac.
6.Mulch perennial vegetables
Mulch you perennials -such as Asparagus and Artichokes with well-rotted manure or garden compost.Learn all about composting your own kitchen waste here – 50 things you can Compost
7.Prepare your vegetable beds
Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and working in plenty of compost. And cover with cardboard to prevent weeds and animals digging in your new beds. It will also warm the soil up quicker.
8.Plant Raspberry canes if you forgot in Autumn
Plant raspberry canes for the coming summer. Raspberries are supplied as bare root canes. Prepare the ground well before planting. Remove all weeds and dig in plenty of well-rotted manure into the area.
9. Plant Currant Bushes
Currant bushes can also still be planted between now and the spring. And you can read all about it here next weekend. Prune your already established current bushes and mulch them.
10.Get heated Seed mats or Propagators
For better seed germination, invest in a Heated seed mat to help your early sowings along.
Just remember not to rush it growing vegetables, herbs and fruits take patience and jumping the gun may result in a few seedlings dying. So go order more seeds or do some more planning.
I have made a free printable of the above job list for you to print off and keep in your Greenhouse/Shed you can get it HERE
You can Learn more about the Organic Vegetable garden in winter here
- Growing your Organic Greens in Winter
- Winter Feeding the birds in your Garden
- Growing Spinach in Winter
- How to grow your own Lentils
And start planning your new garden for 2018 here – Planning your Organic Vegetable Garden
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