What to do this month

2023 was the hottest year in recorded history and 2024 seems to be following that pattern. The most important garden task during February is to mulch. Even the plants that thrive in full sun will need cooler roots. The layer of organic mulch will keep weeds under control and help the soil retain water. We have a variety of mulches that will do the job – compost, bark, wood chips, peach pips and more. These organic options will also, over time, break down and provide organic matter to the soil which will improve the soil profile and encourage the garden to thrive. Healthy soil is the most important aspect of successful gardening and the more organic matter that is added regularly the better your garden will be.

Bio Rock Root Builder is a blend of All Purpose organic fertiliser with rock phosphate and calcium to boost root development. It is friendly to people and pets

Kynoch fertilisers are being sold at a much reduced price and there is a range of four formulations, KynoVeg, KynoGarden, Kyno Shrub, Flower & Fruit and Turbo Grass to suit most outdoor plant needs.

Flies are an unpleasant nuisance in hot weather but can be avoided by using the following natural solutions: Basil, mint or lavender plants on the window sill, or essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass and citronella. Mix a solution of rubbing alcohol, water and drops of the oils and wipe over counter surfaces. Alternatively, create a home made trap with apple cider vinegar and liquid soap in a dish or purchase from our range of baits and traps.

Fresh stock of carnivorous plants has just arrived in our garden centres. Venus Flytraps, Pitcher plants and Sundews love sun but place the pots in a dish of water to maintain humidity and moisture levels.

There is still time to plant the faster growing summer vegetables and flowers. Autumn weather is still at least two to three months away. Protect newly sown seed from the sun for a few days until it is established.

The Chinese Year of the Dragon begins on February 10th. The first week is also known as the Spring Festival. Plants and flowers are important symbols of the celebration of spring and renewal of life. Auspicious examples include Lucky Bamboo, Dracaena sanderiana which can grow in water, making sure the roots are covered and the water is changed weekly. Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii, is believed to have healing and cleansing powers, cleansing the air and filtering air-borne chemicals. Chinese Money plant, Pilea peperomioides, has coin-shaped round leaves and is believed to bring prosperity!

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