Outdoor Plants: February

We can be thinking of the quality of our soil at this time of year and preparing to make any improvements.

Plants in the ground should do well if planted in the right conditions, for example dry and sunny or wet and shaded. If the plant is in the wrong place then consider moving it to somewhere more appropriate to improve its growth.

If you have mulched in the winter time after weeding with some farmyard manure this will not only improve the condition of the soil you will also leave the area clean and tidy and protect the roots of your plants from the cold conditions.

Few nutrients should need added if the soil is in good condition but it is always worth keeping a check on this. Sometimes fertiliser is added when there is really no need, and then when it is added people often add too much thinking that extra will be better. Unfortunately this is not the case. Always read the instructions on the pack for the quantities to add to your garden remembering that these are chemicals and should be used with caution.

Containers, fruit and vegetables need to be fed slightly differently. You want to ensure that your containers have enough nutrients, knowing that these gradually get washed through your container with watering and rain.

Your fruit and vegetables can benefit from an added sprinkle of sulphate of potash, this will encourage more flowers therefore more produce. Growmore, and for some Chicken Pellets are widely used as fertilisers but something high in Potash for your tomatoes or bedding plants will give you more flowers.

There are lots of fresh new plants coming to the Garden Centre at this time of year. We are preparing for the year ahead with new stock continually arriving over the coming months.

Hellebores, Camellias, Magnolia, Hamamelis, Mahonia and Daphne mezereum are just a few that will look good in the garden at this time of year.

In our outdoor sections such as Roses, Rhododendrons and Clematis we will have good healthy plants arriving, from the basic to the popular to the more select.

Larger specimen stock which we bring in from Italy will be arriving this month too, great for that instant effect.

Lots to look forward to.

Remember…. Right plant, right place, great garden!