February newsletter: Roses are red, violets are blue

Hi,

With the first month of 2023 done, we’re taking a step closer to spring once again, and we’ll hopefully be able to feel the weather warm up slightly and say goodbye to those frosty mornings.

On woodland walks you may notice bulbs ready to bloom. And there are plenty of plants that you can add to your garden to inject a bit of colour this month with these top ten plants for February. Also, if you live in a woodland area, your plants may have been victim to hungry deer. If that’s the case, these top deer resistant plants are a worthwhile addition to your space.

This month, it’s not only time to show your garden some love, but loved ones too. Whether you want to celebrate by gifting roses, something a little different with these alternatives to roses, or even a houseplant that will last years and years.

Next month, I’ll be hitting the road on a Garden Centre Roadshow, sponsored by Miracle-Gro®. In March and April, I’ll be visiting some garden centres up and down the country to share some of my top hints and tips that you can use in the garden. Check out my website to find the dates, locations, and how to get tickets.

We’re taking a step closer to spring, so I hope you’ll join me in my garden for another growing season. For more behind the scenes, take a look at my YouTube channel.

Happy gardening!

David

Gardening tip of the month

We’re one step closer to spring, but this month there’s plenty you can do to get a head start on growing season.

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Get one step ahead growing season by organising seeds by sowing date. In a box with dividers, file the packets of seeds by the month they should be sown.

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When the ground isn’t frozen, prepare the seed bed by cultivating and warming the soil using horticultural fleece, polythene and cloches.

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Wash seed trays and containers with soap and warm water ready for sowing to reduce the risk of any pests and diseases spreading.

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Make space on a sunny windowsill or in the greenhouse and sow seeds like peas, cosmos, kale, sweet peas, and tomatoes.

Watch this…

This week I did a challenge to build a Lego orchid. Watch this time-lapse to see how it compares to the real thing!

Top plants

This month, bring some cheer to your garden as we take a step closer to spring with these top ten plants with beautiful flowers and foliage for February gardens.

Gardening gadgets

Be in with a chance of winning a stunning Oase biOrbAir 60 terrarium to feel the benefit of seeing the natural world indoors.

Top job for February

If you have a greenhouse, February is a great time to ensure the glass is clean so plants can get the maximum light to help them germinate and thrive in spring.

In it to win it…

Get involved to win 1 of 10 bottles of Miracle-Gro® Concentrated Liquid Plant Food to help your plants grow their best.

Deer resistant plants

If you live near woodland, there’s nothing more disheartening than discovering deer have visited overnight and munched on your favourite flowers or berries.

Great giveaways

Be in with a chance to win a Yard Force Vita Tool Kit to help cultivate small outside spaces with five handy tools for essential garden tasks.

Romantic plants

Gifting flowers to a loved one is a long-standing tradition on Valentine’s Day and is a wonderful way to show someone how much you care for them.

Valentine’s Day

It’s one of the biggest days of the year for buying and gifting flowers, so here are some romantic and surprising facts about the flowers that you may be gifting to that special someone.