David Domoney Newsletter

February: Say it with flowers

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This month, many people are looking forward to telling their loved ones how much they care with gifts, words, and flowers. Find out some of the best alternative flowers to roses to gift your loved ones on Valentine’s Day in my blog.

Read here for my Top 10 plants for your February garden, and for some of the best plants to grow in your Rockery.

Next month, I will be taking to the stage at the Ideal Home Show where I will be talking about transforming your garden, and how indoor plants can benefit your wellbeing. Make sure to plan ahead to catch my talks, which will be on the following dates:

  • Sunday 24th of March
  • Monday 25th of March
  • Wednesday 27th of March
  • Thursday 28th of March
  • Friday 29th of March

Take the opportunity this month to get ahead of gardening jobs that you will thank yourself for once spring kicks in next month. Start sowing seeds in your heated greenhouse or on your windowsill to prepare for planting in spring. Some great seeds to sow this month include peas, kale, tomatoes, sweet peas, cosmos, salvias and cucumber. You can also plant out garlic and shallots in light soil, and start chitting your potatoes as soon as you have them. To find out more about chitting potatoes, read my blog here.

Please be sure to keep an eye on ITV on Sunday mornings from 10am, where I will be featuring on Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh with some gardening tips to prepare you for spring.

February is a wonderful month for enjoying the lightening days, anticipating spring, and showing your loved ones that you care. For advice and my best gardening tips, visit my website and YouTube channel.

Happy gardening!


Gardening tip of the month

Protect fruit from late frost

February can see some early blossom. Protect it from frost to ensure you have a brilliant fruit crop later in the year.

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Soft fruit bushes

If frost is forecast, protect any early flowers and developing crops with horticultural fleece, carefully covering the whole plant. The fleece not only maintains temperature, but also protects against strong wind.

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Small fruit trees

Similarly to fruit bushes, cover blossom and crops with fleece overnight, and remove during the day. However, this practice is impractical on larger trees, so only on manageable smaller trees.

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Fruit grown on walls/fences

If you are growing fruit trees as espaliers, or cordons, or training them as fan trees, protect them using multiple layers of fleece, or use an alternative like hessian. Use canes to keep the material clear of the blossoms, and roll up your protective material during the day.

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There are a few different measures you can take to protect your strawberries, including covering them in cloches or a double layer of fleece, depending on what you have available. Remove protection during the day, as this allows pollinators access to the flowers.

New Video from David

In this latest video, find out why hand forks are so essential to your tool collection.

Top Plants

Find out my suggestions of the best plants to grow in your garden this February for some interest and colour.

Win 1 of 10 AMES Carbon Steel Digging Spades

This durable, carbon steel digging spade can help you quickly and efficiently dig large areas of your garden.

Top Job for February

Ornamental grasses add a lot of texture to your garden. Cutting them back now will help them grow back better in spring.

Beginner’s Guide: Gardening

Knowing where to start with a garden can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. Some simple jobs can help you get started easily.

Win a Yard Force Window Vac

For a chance to win a Yard Force Window Vac, head to my social media.

Find out how to enter via Facebook

Find out how to enter via Instagram

Buy a copy of David’s book

Plants for a Purpose

Find out some of the best plants to grow in your rockery for a variety of colour and texture.

Top 5 Valentine’s Flowers

Find out my top 5 romantic flower choices to gift your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Win a Yard Force Vita Tool Kit

With 5 handy tools for cultivating small spaces, this kit is highly practical for many gardening jobs.

Make the most of your garden plot

These space-saving techniques will help you to make the most of the garden space you have available.

Win a set of 3 cushions

Enter my prize draw for the chance to win a set of 3 Hartman scatter cushions, either matching or mixed.

Here are the winners from January:

Asian Hornet Trap:

Annette Oliver

Angie Jackson

Chris Hindle

Linda Pollok

Sheila McKenna

Hoglio Hogilow Hedgehog Home:

Susan McMurray

AMES Tools Carbon Steel Planting Spades:

Charlie Maltby

Angella Grist

Georgie Pope

Carolyn Rasmussen

Cornelia Ridler

Nigel Garratt

John Walker

Ian Fox

Helen Toplis

Karl Foxley

Houseplant Care Goodies:

Sharon Saunders

My Houseplant Changed My Life Book:

Genine Annesley

Peter Jameson

Natalie Kirkhope

Ann Page

Jenny Prest

Congratulations! Keep your eyes peeled for other competitions and winner announcements throughout February.