February Garden – Tidy, Protect & Maintain!
Finish any odd jobs left around the garden- fixing fences, cleaning greenhouses and getting garden tools ready for the arrival of spring. Beds should be raked clean before you start to plant your bulbs, any waste material can be added to your compost. Don’t forget to clean and sterilise your trays and pots before you start sowing and planting to prevent the spread of disease. Weeds might become visible during the clear up, bindweed might be an issue because it delves deep when established. Dig out the plants that might be affected and don’t worry– garden plants have plenty of time to re-establish before spring, and it will keep them healthy in the long term!
Keep your soil covered until spring– black plastic sheeting, fleece or cloches will warm up your soil before planting. Replace mulch around your garden but be careful not to put mulch on ground infested with weeds as it allows weeds a better environment to populate.
Try creating your own compost! Don’t worry; compost doesn’t have to be perfect or complicated. Start by throwing in some twigs to let air under your compost, follow by any kind of vegetable matter but avoid root vegetables as they will start to grow rather than rot.
Throw in any garden left overs – spent herbaceous flower heads, bedding stalks and all. If you are experiencing dry weather, give your compost a dousing with the garden hose to keep it damp. Your compost may not be fully rotted down, but even a course multi-layered, mixture is perfect for any purpose!
As spring approaches you’ll see birds and other wildlife waking up early and enjoying your garden as temperature and light levels rise. Many of you may have joined in with RSPB’s big garden Birdwatch in January, thank you for helping your garden birds thus far – keep supplying them with food to get them through the winter months. Click here to view our full range of bird care feed.
Garden’s are vital for the UK’s wildlife survival; start by identifying which plants are wildlife friendly. We recommend something nectar– rich and colourful for your beds and borders. If you have bare walls or fences dress them up by growing climbing plants. They will make the perfect addition to your garden as nesting sites for birds and a refuge for insects. Create a pond in your garden, no matter what the size you are guaranteed to attract lots of water– loving wildlife! Click here for our wildlife-friendly plant selection!