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Monday 6 February 2023

This Month in your Garden – February

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” William Blake

February is invariably a month of contrasts as it clings to winter yet sees the first vestiges of spring appearing almost daily. Snowdrops, daffodils, irises, drifts of crocus and cyclamen coum and even an early flowering cherry provide blotches of colour in an otherwise slightly barren garden landscape.

The Lawncare Guide: February

Dressed to kill moss

It’s likely the grass has started into growth as the temperature rises and instead of stepping out onto hard ground, the lawn feels spongy underfoot. Further exploration tells you there is a considerable amount of moss choking the grass and spreading alarmingly.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. I have heard there are moss killers for lawns where you don’t have to rake up the black residue. Where can I find them?

The Vegetable Plot – February

There’s no place like loam

If your soil is sandy loam, you will be spared any deep digging in the vegetable plot. It will just need a good forking over and added compost after the frosts have broken it down. Remove weeds and residue of old crops in readiness for planting out and sowing. Heavy clay soil will need plenty of humus added when you give it a good dig over.

The Big Glut – February

Cauliflower cheese and greens pasta bake

A meal for four from Delicious Magazine


  • 250g wholewheat pasta
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets, leaves reserved (discard any tough thick stalks)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 400ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 100g feta, crumbled
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • Splash Henderson’s Relish