What you should be planting in your garden this month
February has brought with it some unpredictably cold weather but like the plants, we need to adapt.
Mon, 5 Mar 2012 - 3:12pm
This time of year means those bulbs that have finished flowering can be transferred from their containers into the garden, however, with that unseasonably cold February, low temperatures call for you to stick them back in the greenhouse or cold frame for a few weeks. In the greenhouse, the remainder of your seedlings will be developing and many of your cuttings can be potted alongside. Also try combating the frost by bringing any bulbs you have in your greenhouse indoors for that extra heat to bring them into flower. Your kitchen window sill or conservatory would be perfect.
As the weather will get gradually warmer (and the days start to get lighter) you should have some small flowers appearing ready for spring. Milder weather will bring flowers like primroses, daffodils and snowdrops. Just remember, these more delicate flowers need protecting. Always brush off any snow or frost to prevent any possible damage if you decide the time is right to transfer them into your garden.
In terms of your shrubbery, milder weather means you can finally get out there and cut back those overgrown bushes. Roses, along with any deciduous shrubs can be planted providing the weather is frost-free. This is also the perfect time to repair and renew any old tools or machinery that you will need come Spring. It’s the calm before the storm (and with the April showers, we means this literally!) so start ordering all your summer bulbs in preparation for later on.
We’ve talked about shrubs and flowers but what about the vegetables? This, yet again, depends on how the weather is behaving. If suitable, you can plant your broad beans, artichokes, shallots and peas all in February with dryer weather maybe encouraging you to sow some parsnip seeds come March...
The Gardener's World website have some great tips and guidelines on what you should be planting every month of the year.