Although temperatures should start to rise this month, there is still a risk of frost and snow. Protect vulnerable plants and pots from frost by wrapping insulation such as garden fleece around them. Tender trees will thank you for a generous application of dry mulch to protect their roots from the freezing winter conditions. This is a good time to pick up any fallen and dried leaves, and clear out garden sheds and greenhouses in time for spring. So, what other gardening jobs should we be doing in February?
At this bleak time of the year, dig up a few snowdrops and violets and plant them in a decorative shallow plant container. Surround them with a cushion of fresh green moss. Then bring them inside and enjoy this first taste of spring.
Pot up some lilies into large terracotta pots choosing fragrant, shorter varieties such as Casablanca.
Plant garlic bulbs, shallots and onion sets. Chit (induce to sprout) early by placing them in a light, warm place.
Cut autumn-flowering raspberries to ground level, but only the tips of the canes on summer-fruiting varieties.
Fertilise all soft fruit with well-rotted compost or manure, or sprinkle a slow-release fertilizer around them.
Cut back any clematis that blooms between late June and late August to the lowest sprouting buds to encourage lots of flowers and vigorous new growth.
Finish all winter digging and rake through soil. Cloche some ground to warm the soil for early crops.
Try to keep ponds free of ice to encourage slug-eating frogs and toads who will soon be arriving to breed.
Clean the greenhouse glass on both sides to improve light quality – this helps germination.
Prepare your vegetable garden by digging in garden compost or leaf mould.