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“February fill dyke” is an old country saying which speaks volumes for the weather we can expect. The temperature will greatly influence your gardening activities. Now is the time to walk around the garden checking the condition of your plants. Dead head winter bedding plants and tidy up leaves and debris as you go.

Jobs around the Garden…

  • Prune autumn fruiting raspberries and established blackcurrants, also prune apple and pear trees and other fruit bushes.
  • Keep vegetable and ornamental beds clear of weeds.
  • Onion/shallot sets can be planted out now.
  • Cut back overgrown shrubs and feed with Bonemeal.
  • Take hard wood cuttings of shrubs.
  • Spruce up your containers with a top dressing of the appropriate compost.
  • Dig farm manure into beds and borders.
  • Clean patios, decking and paths of any algae etc.
  • If you have a greenhouse check that the glass is secure and replace any damaged panes. Clean it out ready for use.
  • If you have pots and seed trays to be re-used give them a thorough clean and sterilise them.
  • To get the soil warming up a little early cover with black plastic sheeting, cloches or fleece.
  • Look out for early flowering plants such as Snowdrops, Cyclamen coum, and Hellebores.

Flowers to sow…

  • Antirrhinum
  • Dianthus
  • Geraniums
  • Lobelia
  • Sweet Peas

Vegetables to grow…

  • Beetroot
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicory
  • Cucumber
  • Early Carrot
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radish

We have a ‘sow now seeds’ stand in store which will keep you up-to-date with what you can be sowing each month!

Wildlife Gardening in February

  • Put up nest boxes for the birds
  • Don’t forget to keep your feeders topped up and put some food out for ground feeding birds.
  • Keep your bird bath topped up and clean.
  • Continue to put food out for hedgehogs.
  • If you haven’t already done so now is a good time to build a log/rock shelter for wildlife.

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We have parking spaces for up to 450 cars and easy access both onto and off of the A127, which is the main dual-carriage way into Southend-on-Sea. The A127 is off Junction 29 of the M25 which is a 10 minute drive to our door. Plan your visit to Summerhill today. We can’t wait to see you.

Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, A127 Arterial Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UJ