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General

  1. Finish off winter digging

  2. Order plug plants

  3. Oil all moving machinery parts like hedge cutters, strimmers, rotavators, wheelbarrows and lawnmowers.

  4. Watch out for early greenfly


Vegetables

  1. Plant onion sets and shallots.

  2. Sow seeds for early carrots, parsley and parsnips.

  3. Plant out autumn-sown lettuce.

  4. Draw up earth to the hearts of young spring cabbage.

  5. Check potato sets for any signs of rotting. Remove diseased tubers.


Fruit

  1. Spray peaches against peach leaf curl with lime sulphur.

  2. Prune outdoor vines, blackcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries. Use your prunings as cuttings.

  3. Lime wash trunks of fruit trees to reduce lichen and moss.


Flowers

  1. Plant anemone, ranunculus, peonies, gladiolus, tiger lilies in groups in open borders. Plant primroses.

  2. Divide clumps of perennials that are too large.

  3. Summer flowering clematis can be pruned back hard. This will give rapid new growth during spring.


Shrubs

  1. Plant evergreens such as ivies and laurels.

  2. Prune dogwood, they can be cut back hard down to ground level. This will encourage them to produce brightly coloured new shoots.

  3. Top dress older shrubs with compost or mulch.

  4. Cut back the flowers on winter flowering shrubs (if the flowers have died).


Lawns

  1. Keep off the lawn

  2. Or create a temporary path

  3. Prepare ground for new lawns by raking to produce a fine tilth.

  4. Repair lawn edges.

  5. Lay new turf.


Greenhouse

  1. Ventilate greenhouse frequently.

  2. Water infrequently

  3. Prick out seedlings

  4. Take cuttings of early chrysanthemums.

  5. Sow tomatoes in a heated greenhouse.

  6. Keep seedlings up to the light to produce short healthy plants.

The first signs of spring begin to appear. The month represents the last real opportunity  to finish off the winter jobs before the real gardening begins in spring.

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  FEBRUARY

Snowdrops and winter aconites provide a very welcome splash of colour in this bleak month. Both do well under deciduous trees and shrubs - but will also perform elsewhere.

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