Get out there.

What better way to spend the weekend than in your garden preparing for the year ahead.

There are alot of tasks that can be tackled, that is if your ground isn't like concrete with the frost, as mine is this fresh morning.

Below are some jobs I will be doing this weekend and in the next few weeks.

So get out there and enjoy the longer evenings and prune off those winter blues.!!!

But if you are otherwise busy ?? this weekend why not contact www.patchworkveg.com and get your raised bed set-up in your garden. All you will have to do is sit back and decide what you want to grow.

If you have got a small vegetable garden, sow broad beans and peas directly into the ground from mid-to-late February. They will be ready in early summer. Add a little fish, blood and bone fertiliser to the soil before you sow.* Sow early salad crops like lettuce and radish under glass or in a frame or cloche during mild spells. If you just have the window sill you can start garlic cloves off in pots about 2cm deep.* Buy seed potatoes, and spread them out end-up in a box to sprout (or chit) in a light but cool window sill or shed.

You can also start many seeds indoors this month. Herbs grown from seed are a great way to have an indoor or windowsill garden.

As long as the ground isn’t wet or frozen, it’s a good idea to cut the grass, no matter how early in the year. It’ll keep your lawn looking tidy and avoids the grass getting long and awkward to cut. Collect up the cuttings and add them to the compost heap or put them in your green waste bin if your council provides one.Avoid injury to the lawn when the soil is frozen by keeping foot traffic to a minimum.

Hardy crops that are usually grown outdoors can be sown under cloches or in the soil beds of a greenhouse or polytunnel. They will romp ahead and give welcome fresh produce at a lean time of year.
Sow lettuce undercover

The following crops are also suitable to sow under cover
Lettuce - loose-leaf or seedling varieties are best
Baby beetroot - use an early variety, resistant to bolting
Salad onions
Peas - mangetout or sugar snap are best
Potatoes - compact early varieties
Unless your greenhouse or polytunnel is frost free you will need to protect these crops if a frost is forecast. Horticultural fleece, in single, or double or even triple layers works well. Keep a few pieces, cut to suitable lengths, on hand.

Garlic: It is your last chance to plant garlic. Printanor is recommended for late winter and early spring planting.

Sowing in containers
Vegetables suitable for container growing (minimum 45cm depth and width) in February are: Broad beans , carrots , loose leaf lettuce , salad onions and spinach . Keep watered and cover with fleece if frost is forecast.

Spike lawns with a fork if surface drainage is poor. You can even give the lawn a light trim towards the end of the month - if weather conditions permit!

Cut down faded foliage on herbaceous perennials before new growth starts. Lilies can still be planted. Now is the time to divide and replant snowdrops. Plant lily of the valley crowns,
Winter and spring bedding plants need to be dead-headed to encourage a long flowering period with many more blooms.

Preparation of the ground for spring planting can be carried out whenever the weather permits. Place protective covering over soil in areas where you are going to plant or sow seeds. This will assist in the warming up of the earth so that sowing can take place earlier.

Have a good one.