Gardener's Diary February
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The Lawn

Towards the end of the month, lawn may be top dressed with sand or finely riddled compost.
Cultivation of new area to be sown should be begun by raking and weeding.


Sow early peas, broad beans, cabbage, leeks. Plant shallots and onion sets. In mild coastal areas plant early potatoes.
If you have a cold frame, sow stump carrots, lettuce, half-hardy annuals, and tomatoes for later planting out.


Cut down newly planted raspberries to to 15cms (6") from ground. Remove tips of established autumn fruiting canes. FYM on currant and gooseberry bushes, and sulphate of potash at 1oz per square yard.
Start a strawberry bed. All kinds of trees can still be planted.


Plant standard, climbing and rambling roses.
Sow plants for bedding inside a warm frame or house.
Prune clematis jackmanii and other similar varieties to 10ins. of previous years growth.
Prune summer jasmine by thinning, and cut back side shoots of winter jasmin as soon as flowers die.
Many house plants, e.g. cineraria, should be repotted if necessary.


Bulbs which have flowered indoors, daffodil, snowdrop, etc. should be planted outdoors in a sheltered spot to ripen off before being used for naturalization


Finish applying lime to those areas of the garden where it is needed.