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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Vegetable Plot – February

May the force be with you


This month you can force rhubarb plants for an early crop and plant new rhubarb crowns. Prepare your vegetable seed beds. You’ll find a hoe useful for clearing weeds, then fork in plenty of compost.

If you’re looking for a project this month why not build some raised vegetable beds? The soil in these warms quickly and drainage is good, ideal for seeding especially if you’re on heavy clay. Covering beds with black plastic sheets also keeps them drier and warmer ready for spring seeding.


February is about successive sowing and you can start with hardy variety peas in a sheltered spot, planting out spring cabbages, shallots in well-prepared trenches and potatoes in a sheltered border.
Sow Brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, lettuces, onions, leeks, parsnips, peas, radishes, spinach, tomatoes and turnips

  • Lift and store parsnips
  • Sow parsnips outdoors
  • Clear old cabbage and cauliflower beds
  • Sow broad beans in a heated greenhouse or frame
  • Mulch asparagus and artichokes with well rotted manure or garden compost
  • Sow parsley in a warm, sheltered place
  • Under glass sow aubergines, broad beans, French beans, beetroot, celery, tomatoes, marrows and peppers
  • Plant Jerusalem artichokes


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