February in the Veg Patch

If your like me your eager to get out in the Garden.
All ready we can see a nice wee stretch in the evenings. Its nearly time to get the raised veg beds ready for action.
What better way to spend the weekend than in your garden preparing for the year ahead. Yes I know it may be wet  but there are alot of tasks that can be tackled, that is if your ground isn't like concrete with the frost or saturated wet.
Below are some jobs I will be doing this weekend ( if possible) and in the next few weeks.
So get out there and enjoy the longer evenings and prune off those winter blues.!!!

in your garden. All you will have to do is sit back and decide what you want to grow.

But if you are otherwise busy ?? This weekend why not contact www.patchworkveg.com and get your raised bed set-up 

You can  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.
Here are a few crops that you can think about sowing indoors.

  • Sow lettuce undercover
  • Lettuce - loose-leaf or seedling varieties are best
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Baby beetroot - use an early variety, resistant to bolting
  • Spinach
  • Salad onions
  • Peas - mangetout or sugar snap are best
  • Potatoes - compact early varieties
  • Turnips
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.

Some custom built beds
Sowing in containers or raised beds
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.

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.