Jan/Feb: Just Do It
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Check List for Jan/Feb
Plan. This is the time to decide where and what you are going to grow this year. If you are just starting out, join your local GIY group for advice and check out our website for handy ‘getting started’ guides and videos. Consider building or buying raised vegetable beds. Order your seeds, onions sets and seed potatoes. Turn over the soil in February only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots it’s too early for digging. ‘Chit’ seed potatoes – put them in a container (eg. used egg carton or empty seed tray) and leave them in a bright, warm place to sprout.
In mid February, in-seed trays and pots on a sunny windowsill indoors; sow celery, globe artichokes, celeriac, leeks, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, aubergines, peppers/chilli-peppers. Weather permitting outside, you can try sowing broad beans, spinach, kohlrabi, onion and shallot sets, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip and early pea varieties.
You may still have winter cabbage, perpetual spinach, chard, leeks, kale, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts in your veggie patch and, depending on how successful your growing/storage regime last year was, you may well still be tucking into stores of potatoes, celeriac, carrots, parsnips, onions, cauliflower, Jerusalem artichokes, winter squash, pumpkins, leeks and red cabbage.