February newsletter: Roses are red, violets are blue
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.
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.
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.
When the ground isn’t frozen, prepare the seed bed by cultivating and warming the soil using horticultural fleece, polythene and cloches.
Wash seed trays and containers with soap and warm water ready for sowing to reduce the risk of any pests and diseases spreading.
Make space on a sunny windowsill or in the greenhouse and sow seeds like peas, cosmos, kale, sweet peas, and tomatoes.
David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.
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