Thirteen things you shouldn't forget in the garden in February
Some activities that are written about as typical of February may overlap in some months. It is also necessary to take into account an important aspect - the climatic conditions of the area in which you live.
Some of the advice for February overlaps with the January works, especially the outdoor protection of plants from frost, wet snow and strong gusts of wind or the taste of wild animals.
Step by step
1. We check the bulbs of plants that we speed up for home decoration (begonias, daffodils, hyacinths) every day (watering, fertilizing) so as not to miss the beginning flowering. We remove their diseased parts, in case of slight damage we can treat them with a fungicide.
2. We take cuttings from overwintered balcony plants, for example overhanging pelargoniums, also from the lower part of large-flowered chrysanthemums, and we can transplant fuchsia cuttings if necessary.
The apartment is too warm
There is little humidity in the apartments, which can be improved by watering, but the main thing is the temperature. For example, 15-20 °C is ideal for a salad, in an apartment it is about five degrees more, says Jaroslav Čuba from the Secondary Vocational School of Construction and Gardening in Prague in Jarov (read more here).
3. If we want to devote ourselves to dosna, it is high time to plant tubers in the substrate and let them grow.
4. We can also already sow fast-growing perennials such as bluebells and poppies, so that they will bloom for us this year, as well as flowerbed plants with a long germination period, for example bulrushes, velvet plants, lobelia, sage, and nettle , fork
5. At this time we can already sow bitters. We take the sown bowl out into the garden and let it sink in with snow.
6. We should start paying more attention to indoor plants as well. Pests can already be a serious problem both indoors and in warmer areas outside. This is especially true of aphids. We should also gradually start fertilizing indoor plants according to the intensity of the increasing light. It is also a good time to transplant them.
7. We will now place glass or foil covers and hatches on the beds so that the soil is warm enough for sowing early vegetables or annuals by March.
8. We prepare composts and other organic substrates.
9. If there are nice days when the soil is not too wet, we can continue digging deeply and adding organic fertilizers.
10. We protect the trunks of taller tree forms from frost plates, which are caused by sharp temperature differences during the clearing between day and night.
11. We carry out winter pruning of older fruit trees, e.g. pear and apple trees, or we prepare them by pruning for re-grafting at a later time. In general, however, we do not cut trees during severe frosts. (It also applies to the month of January or March.)
12. If in previous years we have had problems with pests and diseases such as scab, powdery mildew, aphids, bugs and leafhoppers, we must start spraying the fruit trees immediately during this period. (It also applies to the month of March.)
13. If we want to start a new lawn, we need to start the preparatory work as soon as the ground thaws.
The original article written for the Marigreen website has been edited.