February Gardening Jobs for the Allotment or Vegetable Plot

Johnny's Allotment in February

Johnny's allotment half plot in February
Johnny's allotment half plot in February
Onions, leeks, fruit bushes and strawberries
Onions, leeks, fruit bushes and strawberries
Over wintered onions, looking a bit sad but coming on.
Over wintered onions, looking a bit sad but coming on.
Leeks planted in September starting to come on strong in February
Leeks planted in September starting to come on strong in February
Gooseberry bushes
Gooseberry bushes
Rhubarb starting to show
Rhubarb starting to show
Vicious Gooseberry thorns protecting new buds
Vicious Gooseberry thorns protecting new buds

February Allotment/Vegetable Plot - Jobs

General Housekeeping

  • Clean out your shed.
  • Cover soil soil to warm and suppress weeds – membrane good, black polythene cheap alternative.
  • Watch out for slugs on early sowings.
  • Clean and sterilize greenhouse.

Sowing

Greenhouse

  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Peas

Outdoors

Veg

  • New rhubarb crowns can be planted just below the surface. Good time to lift and divide mature crowns.
  • Broad Beans, onions, carrots, raddish, early lettuce, shallots, garlic bulbs, summer spinach can all be planted. Good idea to use lightweight fleece or cloches to protect young seedlings from bad weather in areas lacking in shelter.
  • Plant out Jerusalem Artichokes.
  • Put early spuds in cold frame or window to chit (begin to sprout).

Fruit

  • Prune autumn Raspberries.
  • Repair stakes, ties and wires.
  • Prepare Strawberry beds by covering ground with a membrane ready to plant through.
  • Prune Blackcurrant bushes.


Herbs

  • Chives – divide old plants.
  • Mint – propagate runners.
  • Sage and Thyme – divide and cut back.
  • Parsly can be sown now.
  • Mulch and manure new beds.

Source

My Allotment

I have a half plot which is about the size of half a tennis court. I have a shed which is full of crap at the moment, but I'm about to heed my own advice and clear it out so I can find everything and clear a space to sit and have a beer (when it's to wet to dig!).

I've grown mainly onions, potatoes and strawberries in the two years that I've had the plot, so this year will be concentrating on legumes.

Broad beans are good to sow at this time of year as are early peas.

I'd also like to get another couple of rhubarb plants to keep my solitary crown company.

Johnny's Allotment February

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jayjay40 5 years ago from Bristol England

Great hub, I have an allotment like you a half size one with a shed. This is my first year, but I have a garden which I have grown veg in for years, but now I can grow more. I will bookmark this hub so I know what to do, thanks for sharing


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Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England Author

Cheers JayJay I think a half allotment plot is plenty, especially if you have limited time to work on it. This is my third year on the plot and only just getting the weeds in check.

I've just planted some onions today. Onions have to be the easiest thing ever, nothing seems to eat them (except us) and they don't mind it dry or wet or cold or hot. Amazing plants.

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