My planned activities for this month - February
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Allotment Blog February 2017
I only visited the allotment to harvest my Brassica crops throughout February, But I did manage to sow my first lot of seeds which included: Brussels Sprouts, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Spring Onions, Marigolds, Shallots, Beetroot, and a few herbs.
What needs doing this month
- continue planting if soil conditions are suitable
- check stakes, ties, framework supports and wires and replace or repair, if required
- Continue pruning trees and bushes
- cover strawberries with cloches planted for early fruiting
- Transplant Autumn sown onions to their final place.
- Continue to plant Shallots.
- Plant Garlic bulbs.
- Check soil pH and add lime, if needed, to the Brassicas bed.
- If the soil is not too wet sow Parsnip seeds.
- In milder areas, Sow Broad beans under cloches for an early crop.
- Ensure that Autumn sown Onions are kept free of weeds.
- Feed Asparagus plants with a general fertilizer at the rate of 2oz per Sq. Yd.
- Lift any remaining Parsnips still in the ground from last year.
- In sheltered areas plant Shallots.
- Check spring cabbage and firm the soil around any that have been loosened by movement. Dress with a quick acting Nitrogenous fertilizer such as Nitrate of Soda to help increase growth.
- Clean established Asparagus beds ready for spring growth. Top dress with well rotted manure or compost.
- Plant out Jerusalem Artichokes.
- Put Early Potato tubers to chit.
- Sow early cabbage.
- Sow Lettuce and Radish (under cloches if necessary).
- Sow Broads beans.
- Sow peas in a sheltered border.
- Plant out shallots.
- In sheltered areas, Peas, Onions, Carrots, radish and early lettuce can be sown. In less
sheltered areas they can be planted under cloches.
- Now is the time to prepare new Asparagus beds. As this is a permanent crop the ground must be well prepared. This means removing all weeds and digging the bed to a spades depth. Incorporate plenty of manure or compost in the bottom and a dressing of Bone meal. Three year old crowns are usually advised but you can use 1 year old crowns if you are prepared to wait a bit longer before cropping.
- Lift and divide Rhubarb if it is getting congested.
- Keep on top of greenhouse hygiene: wash and sterilize seed trays and pots
- Continue careful heating, watering and ventilation
- Check insulation
- Sow early melons and cucumbers for raising in a heated greenhouse
- Sow early broad beans and early peas if not done in autumn
- Sow early lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts
- prepare soil for new herb bed by digging and incorporate peat and compost to lighten the soil
- sow parsley if the weather is dry and not to cold
- propagate mint by runners
- Divide herbs such as Sage and Thyme and cut back any excess growth to encourage new fresh growth.
- Divide and replant Chive Plants.
- Keep an eye out for slugs on early sowing in cloches.
- Pre-warm the soil by covering with cloches or black polythene.
- Have you cleaned your shed yet?
- Is your equipment working ready for the spring?