Saturday 3 February 2024

What To Grow In February

OK it's February but despite the odd dry sunny day you have to remember it's still Winter time, but the days are beginning to get a little longer every day and Spring is getting nearer. 

The urge to get going and perhaps get a head start claws at your brain.

You need to make a decision as to if you risk poor germination or leggy seedlings as the daylight is poor and the ground is too cold and wet, or do you get some seeds going if you have a cold frame, unheated greenhouse, a grow station with artificial light, a conservatory or a heated greenhouse at your disposal.

In trays or pots . . .

  • Round seeded (as opposed to wrinkle seeded) peas
  • Winter salads & oriental greens to plant outside in March, but still under a cloche or mini-tunnel
  • Onions in modules - germinate them somewhere with a little heat (a windowsill is fine) then put them in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse to grow on.

In trays or pots somewhere warm (germinator/warm airing cupboard etc).  Bear in mind that they will need somewhere warm & light to grow them on, and that usually the problem you have to think and plan ahead just where will they go next. 

  • Tomatoes, peppers and aubergines

In a polytunnel or greenhouse . . . 

  • Winter salads and oriental greens (mizuna, mibuna, mustard greens, pak choi, mispooona, komatsuna, winter varieties of lettuce, land cress)
  • In warmer areas sow carrots in the polytunnel for an extra early crop varieties that can be grown in January & February include Amsterdam 2 (Solo), Amsterdam 3, Early Nantes 2, Early Nantes 2 Frubund, Romance F1 and Mercurio F1  
Sow or Plant Outdoors
  •  Broad beans, Fruit trees and bushes, Garlic, Grape vines, Jerusalem Artichokes, peas, Rhubarb Sets, Shallot sets & Turnips

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