February

February has an average maximum temperature of 27.1°C, and an average minimum temperature of 13.1°C. February has an average rainfall of 56.4mm.

What to do this month

  • Hydrangea heads can be cut – two buds from the stem.
  • Lavender and Rosemary hedges can be trimmed.

Vegetables

  • Make sure you are keeping water up to your tomatoes, capsicum and eggplants.
  • Remove plants that are at the end of their life cycle for garden hygiene and winter crops.
  • Protect all Brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale) from white cabbage moth. A light dusting of vegetable dust every 3 to 4 weeks will do the trick.
  • Keep an eye out for pesky bugs.

Sow

  • Asian greens
  • Basil
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Parsnip
  • Radish
  • Silver beet
  • Spring onion
  • Turnip

Plant

  • Asian Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Silver beet
  • Spinach
  • Saffron crocus bulbs

Harvest

  • Asian greens
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Chilli
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Silver beet
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini

Flowers and bulbs

  • Start looking at where you will be planting your spring-flowering bulbs – these areas can be dug and fertilised in preparation.
  • Established spring bulbs may still be lifted if they’ve been in the garden for more than 3 years; replant them in a sunny spot with nutrient-rich soil.
  • Keep your summer colour looking great (e.g. Petunias, Impatiens, Vinca and Zinnias) with regular applications of liquid fertiliser. They will bloom right up until Canberra’s frost. Don’t forget that Pansies will be in the nursery soon.
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