One potato, two potato…
Gardening tips for February from Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre – Harden, Bingley
Potatoes are hugely versatile and are a staple ingredient of many meals in one form or another – boiled, mashed, chipped or baked. Freshly dug and lightly boiled with mint or, cooled and eaten with salads ; they just can’t be beaten.
There are numerous ways of growing potatoes.
It is vital with early varieties and a good idea with maincrops to chit the seed tubers first before planting; this means allowing them to produce sturdy shoots. Buy your seed potatoes in late January/February and stand them rose end up (the rose end has the most eyes) in egg boxes or similar in a light, frost-free place. The tubers are ready to plant when the shoots are about 2.5cm (1in) long.
Once planted, when the stems are about 23cm (9in) high, start earthing up by carefully drawing soil up to the stems and covering to produce a flat-topped ridge about 15cm (6in) high. This can be done little and often or in one go.
Newly emerging foliage is susceptible to frost damage. You can prevent this by earthing up the soil around the shoots or by covering them with fleece.
It is also possible to grow them in large containers. Line the bottom 15cm (6in) of the container with potting compost and plant the seed tuber just below this. As the new stems start growing, keep adding compost until the container is full.
Keep crops well watered in dry weather.
A liquid feed of a balanced general fertiliser every fortnight can help increase yields.
Seed potatoes now in stock at Woodbank Nurseries – Harden, Bingley
We are thrilled to have a stunning range of bulbs for fantastic summer borders and patio pots. Our range comprises of many favourites but also a number of “New” flowers. There is nothing more satisfying than a garden in full bloom, with bulbs generating an array of colour.
You would be mad not to plant a few bulbs and watch them delight for years to come!
While you are in picking up your summer flowering bulbs, don’t forget to pick up your onion sets, potatoes, and garlic, which can be harvested in late summer or Autumn.
Gardening Tips for February
Key Garden Jobs for February
- As long as the ground isn’t frozen, the key job this month is to cultivate and prepare seedbeds, covering them with clear polythene, cloches or fleece to warm up the soil before sowing.
- Check that greenhouse heaters are functioning properly by investing in a maximum / minimum thermometer to enable accurate monitoring of greenhouse temperatures.
- Don’t forget to ventilate your greenhouse on sunny days to prevent botrytis (mould) forming on your plants.
- Cover rhubarb with a rhubarb forcer to exclude light and encourage early pickings of long tender stalks.
Don’t forget your loved one on Valentine’s – 14th February
Anyone can catch your eye but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
Send valentine flowers to your “Someone Special”.
Every year we look at the colours and trends for the season to make sure our floral collection reflects everything about Valentine’s Day.
Trust Fleuriste at Woodbank to deliver a gorgeous bouquet, guaranteed to impress this Valentine’s.
We have a fabulous selection of gifts and cards available too.