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5 key gardening jobs Feb 10-17

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August 26: Dahlia Arabian Night
August 26: Dahlia Arabian Night

1Increase your bulb collection

Plant snowdrops in the green

Divide and/or plant bulbs-in-the-green, such as snowdrops (Galanthus) and winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis).

2Start dahlias into growth

Dahlia Jescot Julie

Dahlia tubers stored over winter (or bought this year) can be started into growth. Place them in a light, warm place to sprout before planting. They will need misting with a spray bottle to stop them drying out.

 

3Prepare alpines for spring

Freshly-planted Belfast sink with Sempervivum, Delosperma and Saxifraga

Top dress spring-flowering alpines with grit or gravel to show off the plants and to help prevent stem rots. Remove dead leaves from around the basal rosettes of alpine plants to prevent rotting.

4Improve shape of Mahonias

Mahonia Charity

Cut out the top rosette of leaves from the leggy stems of Mahonia x media cultivars to encourage branching.

5Veg to sow now

Broad bean seedlings and geranium cuttings

In cold frames, greenhouses or polytunnels, sow beetroot, broad beans, summer and autumn cabbage, carrots, kale, leeks, lettuce and spring onions. These can all be sown in trays or plugs to be planted out towards the end of March.

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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