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Gardening

Month by Month

A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries

February

Spring is Almost Here

It is the perfect time to start preparing for the seasons ahead.

Here are our top tips on what to be doing in the garden this month;

• Protect blossom on Apricots, Nectarines and Peaches

• Secure netting around vegetable crops to protect from bird damage

• Prune winter flowering shrubs that are no longer in flower

• Tidy overgrown deciduous shrubs and hedges. Apply a mulch and feed after pruning to give them extra energy for the growing season.

• Prune Wisteria

• Chit potato tubers now. Place the seed potatoes in trays or egg boxes so that the ‘eyes’ are facing upwards in a light, cool, frost free room. When the shoots have reached 1 inch in length, they will be ready for planting.

• Trim winter flowering heathers as the flowers fade. This will prevent them becoming leggy and untidy.

• Plant Raspberry canes

• Cut back deciduous grasses that were left un-cut over the winter.

• Rejuvenate potted plants by adding a fresh layer of compost to the top layer of soil.

• Sow hardy annuals now

• Clean your greenhouse now to ensure it is free from disease and any pests which may have overwintered in there

• Harvest Brussel Sprouts, Swedes, Kale and Leeks

February is an exciting time in the gardening calendar, as many plants start to grow. There are splashes of colour from spring flowering bulbs and shrubs, colour which is much needed after the winter. It is important to continue to protect from late frosts, and keep a check on the weather, as there is still a possibility of snowfall this month.

Look out for signs of dryness in the garden. The frozen ground can make it difficult for roots to find water. Watering with tepid water may be necessary to revive thirsty shrubs and plants. Frost can also be a problem for newly planted trees. The freezing ground can disturb the root ball, often resulting in the tree becoming tilted, so firm down at the base to keep them in position.

Delay pruning spring flowering shrubs this month. Prune back immediately after flowering, if pruned now this year’s display will be lost.

Continue to feed the birds! Garden birds still need our help at this time of year! Encourage birds by putting out feed and installing a bird house. The national nest box week is from the 14th – 21st February, by installing a bird house you are doing your bit for the birds!

Exciting New Varieties to Look Out for……

Summer flowering bulbs are available now. Create beautiful displays using bulbs. A new variety of Begonia for 2017 is ‘Picotee Lace Apricot’. White edged, apricot, frilly flowers are abundant from July onwards.

Also look out for Gloxinia ‘Tigrina Red’. A truly stunning variety of the much loved Gloxinia family. Speckled pink and white flowers from June onwards. An ideal houseplant, or outdoor plant after frosts have ended.

Spring is for many people, their favourite time of year, make it your favourite time of year with Hollybeck.

Get planning your 2017 garden now!






Make 2017 a year for growing your own.

We have a fantastic selection of onions, garlic, potatoes, herbs and much more to plant now. Be the envy of your friends and family by enjoying bountiful harvests of your own produce. Choose from some exciting new varieties and multi-packs to get you started.

Spring flowering bulbs are on sale now. The first sign of spring is always with the Daffodil, any 3 pots for £3.00. They can be planted now. Browse begonia, dahlia, agapanthus and many more. Look out for new varieties too!

Want to learn more about Clematis? Book your place on our 'Queen of Climbers' talk on Tuesday 14th February at 9am £3.99 per person. Booking is essential.

Put your gardening knowledge to the test at our fun gardening quiz, on Friday 24th February at 6:45pm £12.99 per person. For beginners and experts alike, this fun quiz is a great evening out. Booking is essential, delicious buffet supper included.

Enjoy your garden this month with Hollybeck

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www.hollybeck.co.uk

Gloxinia ‘Tigrina Red’