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Garden Tasks for February

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.

Ranunculas image via

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

Beetroot image via

Pests and General Tasks

- Aphids and whitefly are still around so be vigilant and spray with something like Tui Insect Control for Flowers as soon as you see them, or give the plant a blast with the hose if there's not too many.

- 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