With teen green
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