With teen green

James Cal­li­cott

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

FE­BRU­ARY is a funny and odd time in the gar­den­ing year, one day it can be too cold to go out and gar­den and the next it can be just right to pot­ter around and keep one­self con­tent.

Last week­end I went out for a spot of hik­ing and was presently sur­prised to be in shorts and a shirt – only to re­gret this de­ci­sion the sec­ond it started to snow While just this morn­ing I re­marked how warm it fe for Fe­bru­ary only for my col­league to point out th the ther­mo­stat on the car was read­ing 0.5c

Now this shows two things… firstly that I am very clearly warm-blooded and have no sense of the cold, or tem­per­a­ture for that mat­ter, and the sec­ond that Fe­bru­ary is change­able from day to day and year to year.

While the snow­drops and daf­fodils could be out and in full bloom so could the coun­try be un­der a foot of snow and this means that you never quite know what to do in the gar­den.

One thing that we can all do now – and may have even started – is to chit our pota­toes ready for plant­ing in April.

Chit­ting is ba­si­cally a fancy name for get­ting your pota­toes to grow early and is a con­trolled process where the seed pota­toes that you buy from a gar­den cen­tre or on­line are placed in a con­tainer with the ‘eyes’ fac­ing up. Af­ter a few weeks in a cool light-ish place they will start to sprout lead­ing to more grow­ing time and a big­ger crop, which is some­thing I am not go­ing to com­plain about.

An­other thing to do now is cut de­cid­u­ous grasses and tidy your bor­ders.

There is noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing then tak­ing a pair of shears to grasses and cut­ting them down to

Plant­ing, above, and pota­toes chit­ting, left

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