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The year’s garden, week by week

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Is that how you do it?

Is that how you do it?

February Fourth week.

Welcome back to my blog. I hope it is of benefit to you. Straight to work now.

  • Where ground conditions allow, dry and workable soil, make a start on some Parsnips, if you like them. I never use them as a veg but always include them in homemade veg soups. I like them as part of a dish of roasted veg too. Ground must be well dug, deep and manured the previous year. Never freshly manure ground immediately before sowing carrots or parsnips, the roots will go like octopus tentacles. Avonresister is resistant to rust.
  • Sow onion seeds. Sunny position, good deep soil, well manured and very well prepared. If the ground is not dry enough, leave for another few weeks. Sow some parsley nearby to deter the onion fly.
  • Plant clumps of Gladioli bulbs into your beds and borders.
  • Start some Dahlias off in pots now indoors. They are great for late summer colour. I particularly like the modern single red one Bishop of LLandaff. Dark purple foliage against the crimson red flower
  • If you want to sow some summer bedding plants, now is the time to start to sow the seeds, indoors in seed trays. Petunias, Marigolds, Lobelia, Alyssum etc. A heated propagator is a useful bit of hardware to have. This will get the seeds germinated quickly, eg Busy Lizzie, lobelia etc. Annuals can not be planted outside until at least May, even later in colder districts.
  • If you have Blackcurrant, Raspberries or Gooseberry bushes, they would love a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost now. This will help to keep moisture in the plants in a dry spell, feed the plants and help with the weed control. Rhubarb also benefits from a mulch.
  • Visit your garden centre and see whats looking good now.
  • If you are not adventurous enough this year to grow veg from seed, the garden centres will have seedlings in trays, ready to plant later. Take your time, no rush on these just yet.
  • Plant of the week. Forsythia spectablis. Gorgeous big cheerful shrub, laden with bright yellow flowers on bare wood right now.
  • Get a large pot with drainage holes in the bottom, plastic will do. (approx. 600mm diameter) Place a couple of inches of stones in the base, layer of capilliary matting over the stones, fill with ericaceous top soil (Not compost). Position the pot on a nice sheltered, warm sunny patio. Purchase two Blueberry plants, for pollination. Plant them in the pot. Water them weekly, feed with tomato food weekly and you will be rewarded with pounds of delicious blueberries for your fruit salads for the summer. You will need to put a net over them otherwise Mrs Blackbird and Mrs Robin will beat you to it.

Plant of the week: Camellia.

Camellia Donation

Camellia Donation