February Gardening Calendar. Gardeners calendar
Plant now in order to reap the benefits during the winter months and spring. February can be a hot and dry month. Water regularly and thoroughly to keep plants growing but remember to observe local water restrictions. A good layer of mulch will help to conserve water and provide humus to your soil.
Tasks for February
- Time to update the vegetable garden for winter. Plant seedlings of cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, celery, silverbeet, spinach and leeks.
- Plant more lettuce seedlings as you harvest to keep the summer salad supply going.
- Sow seeds of beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cress, lettuce, leeks, spring onion, radish, silverbeet, swedes, kohl rabi, spinach and parsnip.
- Sweetcorn, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, courgettes, garlic, onions, early carrots, new potatoes, peas, beans, and lettuces all come ready for harvest.
- Pick sweetcorn when the tassels begin to dry.
- Pick cucumbers and courgettes as they come ready (every day) to encourage continuous fruiting, and before courgettes turn into marrows!
- Thin carrots and eat the finger sized thinnings.
- Powdery mildew on cucumbers and pumpkins can be controlled by spraying with Yates fungus fighter.
- Use Derris Dust to prevent white butterfly caterpillars on cabbages and cauliflower.
- Feed seedlings regularly with fertiliser.
- Keep fruit trees well watered for best quality fruit.
- Prune pip and stone fruit trees as soon as fruit is picked. Seal wounds with pruning paste.
- Trim excessive growth from grape vines before harvesting.
- Feed citrus trees well with Gro plus Citrus applied around the drip line and watered in.
- Start planting spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, freesias, anemones, ranunculus, sparaxis, ixias, grape hyacinths, tritonia and lachenalia.
- Sow seeds of alyssum, aquilegia, arctotis, bellis, candytuft, cornflower, delphinium, dianthus, godetia, gypsophila, honesty, larspur, linaria, lobelia, lupin, nemesia, nigelia, pansy, polyanthus, scabiosa, snapdragon, stock and wallflower.
- Spray roses with Super Shield at 2-3 weekly intervals.
- Dead head roses, perennials and flowering annuals as flowers finish. This will extend the flowering season. Stake tall perennials.
- Water roses (also trees and shrubs) by thoroughly soaking once a week. Shallow watering only encourages shallow root growth.
Control thrips on gladioli, azaleas, camellias and other shrubs with Super Shield.
Houseplants and outdoor containers
- Plant out annuals in garden and containers; alyssum, cornflower, linaria, lupin, pansy, primula, stock, sweet pea, viola and wallflower.
- Feed with lawn fertiliser to thicken grass sward and reduce weeds.
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