In The Garden

February 2023

Welcome to the farm in February!

With soil temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C, February is often a chilly and rainy growing season in the UK. Although planting in February is not recommended, early-season vegetables like peas, lettuce, and spinach can be planted inside. Kale, brassicas, and root vegetables are examples of winter-hardy crops that can be harvested. Although in all honesty at the moment we have nothing germinating and nothing substantial to harvest at the farm.

Allotment tasks and what to sow in February at the farm:

Some common tasks in an allotment garden in February include:

  • Pruning shrubs and trees
  • Clearing debris from the plot
  • Repairing and maintaining structures (mainly issues caused by wind damage)
  • Window sill growing with sprouts and microgreens
  • Checking compost bins and turning compost
  • Planning for the upcoming growing season. We are looking to purchase a polytunnel very soon.
  • Applying mulch to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds. At the farm, we are continuously adding animal manure – mainly Donkey and Chicken.
  • Begin chitting potatoes