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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.

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

- 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