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What to Do in the Garden This Weekend - February 20th

AlanGardenMaster
Published on February 20th 2020
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lettuce seedlings in pots inside
The weather at this time of the year can be a bit hit and miss and so it's good to have gardening tasks that can still be done when the weather is a bit yuk!

Gardening indoors

  • With longer days and better light, your indoor plants should be putting on new growth. You should knock older plants out their pots to see if the root zone is getting crowded. If crowded, re-pot them into a pot one or two sizes bigger using peat-free potting compost.
A devils ivy on a moss pole
Devil's Ivy growing on a moss pole
  • Trailing houseplants - such as Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum or Scindapsus) and Goosefoot plant (Syngonium) - look great when trained up moss poles. Trendy Cheese Plant (Monstera) will also enjoy this treatment.

Pothos

Epipremnum spp.

Some Scindapsus pictus with white speckled green leaves

Pothos

Scindapsus spp.

Arrowhead Plant

Syngonium spp.

Monstera deliciosa

Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera deliciosa

  • Sow more sweet peas into long tube pots or Rootrainers - a favourite of mine which can be reused many times. The hard seed coat impedes water absorption, so chipping it off before sowing will improve germination.

Sweet pea seedlings in deep Rootrainers on a windowsill

Pruning

  • Many shrubs flower better if pruned hard now. Buddleia, Ceratostigma, Caryopteris, Perovskia, Fuchsias and Lavatera respond well.
A person pruning a Buddleja bush
Hard pruning a Buddleja bush
  • Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea paniculata types should also be pruned hard now. But don't prune other hydrangeas (mophead and lacecap) hard as you could be removing the flower buds. These should just have their old dead flowers removed as the new flower buds are often just under the old ones.
  • I love lush, large and colourful foliage! Hard pruned now some shrubs really respond! Sambucus Black Lace, Paulownia, Catalpa, Cotinus and Melianthus work well for me. I give them some general feed now too.
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Cotinus x dummeri 'Grace' that has been hard pruned

Get Sowing!

  • Itching to get growing? Well, lots of vegetable plants can be sown on a warm windowsill now. Try early cabbage 'Hispi', 'Little Gem' lettuce, stump rooted carrots, summer cauliflower and spinach.
  • Sow directly into modules or pots and cell trays. All could be planted out later this month or early in March. They will need 'hardening off' (getting acclimatised to outside) first.

Get growing this month

Maintenance and construction

  • Before the usual spring rush, paint fences and sheds and get other general maintenance jobs done. If fences have plants trained on them, make sure that the paint you use is plant-safe.
Paint your shed and fences before the spring rush is on us
  • Strip down your secateurs and loppers to refurbish them. Clean off sap and rust with wire wool. Oil the joints and sharpen the blades with a whetstone. Re-assemble and adjust so that they cut cleanly and you're ready to go!
  • Construct a simple cold frame. This could be with up-cycled materials. Cold frames are great to get early crops going, harden off seedlings and cuttings and for growing summer crops.
Simple cloche made from recycled materials
  • Trim lawn edges with a sharp edging iron. Insert plastic or metal edging strips as support. It's surprising how much neat lawn edges improve the look of a garden!

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