Gardening jobs for late February



Hello everyone,

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 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.

Begonia display 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.

Good gardening,



  1. Les May 23, 2009 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    What is the best soil to plant new Rose shrubs in. My garden is built on marsh land what sort of plants would you recommened, as a certain area is always wet due to not getting any sun. I would appreciate any tips thank you.

  2. alison roberts June 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Help I have one border in the garden that is very wet and it is a clay soil that sticks together what is the best thing I can do to make it better or what plants prefer this type of soil
    thanks for any help

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