With the worst of the weather behind us (fingers crossed), you can crack on with preparations for your spring garden. Here's my gardening 'to do list' for late February…
Make more of your snowdrops. As soon as they’ve finished flowering, dig them up, split the bulbs into smaller clumps and replant them in fresh soil.
Bring bags of compost indoors so that the compost can warm up slightly before you use it for sowing seeds or potting on seedlings and plug plants.
Raspberries of the late summer/autumn fruiting varieties, like Joan J and Autumn Bliss, should be cut back hard to 15cm (6"). And for even bigger crops, spread a layer of garden compost or well-rotted manure around each plant.
Love sweet peas? There's still time to grow sweet peas for the summer. Sow 3 to 4 seeds per small pot and place in a sheltered spot. Pinch out the tops when the seedlings are 8cm (3") high and plant out in late March/early April.
Start begonias. For constant colour this summer, you can't beat begonias. Easily grown from corms, start them off in pots or trays of moist multi-purpose compost. Keep them warm and they’ll quickly romp away.