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What to do in The Garden - Last Week of February?

What to do in the garden this week?

In The Flower Garden


  • Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting above a low pair of green buds
  • Cut out dead stems of ceratostigma and hardy fuchsias
  • Prune all stems of Hydrangea paniculata down to about three buds from soil level
  • Prepare areas in flowerbeds ready for sowing hardy annuals in late March and into April, digging over, weeding and enriching the soil
  • Lift and divide congested border plants
  • Plant out lilies to fill gaps in borders, or grow them on in pots
  • Trim winter-flowering heathers

The Fruit and Vegetable Garden



  • Sprinkle a handful of sulphate of potash fertiliser around the base of fruit trees and bushes
  • Plant new raspberry canes and blackberry plants
  • Prepare beds to plant asparagus
  • Place tunnel cloches or simple sheets of polythene over beds to warm soil for early sowings
  • Carry on sowing seeds in pots or trays in the greenhouse, ready to transplant later, including Brussels sprouts, spring cabbage and onions



In The Greenhouse



  • Empty your greenhouse and thoroughly clean inside, pressure washing the frame, staging and glazing
  • Cut back overwintered fuchsias, and increase frequency of watering to encourage new growth
  • Sow summer bedding plants
  • Monitor temperatures with a max-min thermometer to ensure heaters are working efficiently
  • Plant gloxinias, begonias, achimenes and cannas


Around the Garden



  • Spread a layer of manure or compost around roses and shrubs
  • Prepare areas for laying new lawns in spring, digging over, weeding and enriching the soil
  • Be on the look out for slugs and snails, which will attack emerging shoots of perennials
  • Regularly remove weeds by hand or use a hoe if conditions are dry
  • Maintain mowers and check garden machinery is in good working order and ready for the season ahead
  • Look out for compost bargains at garden centres so you'll have all you need for spring sowing and potting

Happy Gardening


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