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5 key gardening jobs Feb 3-9

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1Plant up lily bulbs

Asiatic Bouquet lilies – easily grown in a pot

Lily bulbs can be planted in pots, for flowers this summer. After growing on in a cool greenhouse, they can be moved on to the patio when in flower.

2Keep tender plants covered

Euphorbia wulfenii under a fleece bag after planting – however, this hasn’t been necessary since

Check on tender plants overwintering outdoors to make sure protective coverings are still in place.

 

3Prune summer-flowering deciduous shrubs

Cut back shrubs pruned hard in spring like Buddleja davidii

Many summer-flowering deciduous shrubs can be pruned now – those that flower on the current year’s growth, including Buddleja davidii, Ceratostigma, Hydrangea paniculata, Lavatera, Leycesteria, Perovskia, hardy fuchsias, and deciduous Ceanothus.

4Make a new pond

Full – now to settle for 48 hours before trimming and edging

You could dig a new pond. Have a minimum depth of 60cm (2ft) at the deepest point, to reduce the risk of the pond freezing totally. Gently sloping contours between the shallow and deep areas, and between the bank and the water, are more wildlife-friendly.

5Make sure seedlings are well lit

Broad bean seedlings and geranium cuttings

If you do have any seedlings and/or cuttings in the greenhouse, make sure they are getting the maximum light available, or else they will become weak and leggy. If necessary, turn them once a day so that they get light on both sides. This will stop them leaning over towards the light, and keep them upright and compact. New month, new jobs… for more on what to do now, visit https://www.mandycanudigit.com/jobs/february-gardening-jobs/

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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