Flowers and shrubs
- Plant snapdragons, poppies, fuchsia, petunias, impatiens, dahlias, echinacea, verbascum (for spring flowering), verbena, alyssum, cosmos, gaillardia, arctotis, gazania, marigolds, nemesia, wallflower
- Remember to prune back Hydrangeas once they've finished flowering, to encourage lots of flowers for the following season.
- Dahlias will need deadheading in February to prolong flowering
- It's time to start planting your bulbs now that it's February - Daffodils, Freesias, Ixias, Anemones, Sparaxis, Ranunculus can all be planted now, in pots or directly into the garden. You plant your bulbs twice as deep as the size of the bulb.
Vegetables and fruit
- Plant dwarf beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, courgettes, rhubarb, radishes, carrots, cauliflower, endive, spring onions, peas, cabbages, spinach
- Summer is not a good time to plant citrus trees, but you can remove diseased or dead branches from your existing trees, once they've finished fruiting.
- Continue harvesting summer veges regularly
Pests and General Tasks
- If you have powdery mildew on courgettes, cucumbers and pumpkins, this can be controlled with Yates Greenguard, one of the new environmentally friendly products used to control plant disorders.
- Lay Tui Quash slug & snail control every few weeks to prevent slugs and snails ruining your veges.
- Keep mulching those garden beds!
Ladybirds can eat 50-60 aphids per day. Image via