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Rapid growth again this month. Keep your garden well watered. .

Tasks for this month: FEBRUARY

Vegetable Garden
Sow seeds directly into the soil: Beans, beetroot, carrots, parsnip, swedes, turnips, radish, spinach, lettuce, silverbeet and sweetcorn. Make successive sowings every two weeks.
Plant seedlings of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, tomato, sweetcorn, beetroot, pumpkin, courgette, capsicum, eggplant, melon, cucumber and gherkin.
Protect plants from caterpillars with Derris Dust.
If whitefly is a problem, spray with Target.
Courgettes and cucumbers can be protected from powdery mildew by spraying with Champion Copper or Fungus Fighter.
Feed tomatoes at least once a week with a fast acting liquid feed such as Phostrogen Tomato Food. Pinch out laterals (side growths) on tall tomato varieties as they grow and ensure they are firmly staked.
Apply a mulch of compost around vegetable plants to conserve soil moisture.

Fruit Trees

Feed fruit trees for bumper crops later and water well to prevent fruit drop.
Spray pip and stone fruit with Copper or Fungal Sprays to prevent fungus diseases.
Spray citrus with Copper to prevent verrucosis and leaf curl. Summer prune peach and nectarine trees as soon as fruiting is complete. This will help prevent the spread of silver leaf blight and leaf curl.

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Yates tips for

Flower Garden

Sow seeds of ageratum, alyssum, aster, celosia, cosmos, cyclamen, gerbera, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, portulaca, rudbeckia, salpiglossis, sunflowers, verbena, viscaria and zinnia.
Plant seedlings of alyssum, aster, chrysanthemum, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, gypsophila, nasturtium, impatiens, marigolds, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, verbena, viscaria and zinnia.
Roses and perennials can still be planted. Keep new plantings well watered.
Prune roses lightly and water well in preparation for autumn flowering. Feed with Rose Fertiliser and spray with Shield to prevent pests and diseases.
Lift spring flowering bulbs once the leaves have died down completely and store in a cool dry place.
Mulch garden shrubs with compost to conserve moisture and so protect roots from hot sun, especially rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.
Water each evening or early morning, especially plants in containers which will dry out quickly in hot or windy weather.

Houseplants and Outdoor Containers

Fill pots with flowering annuals such as petunias, marigolds, phlox or impatiens.
Keep up watering in warm weather. Installing a watering system saves time and makes watering easy.

Raise the lawn mower up a level for summer season. The longer lawn will aid in moisture conservation and helps to keep the lawn green.
Water in dry weather and apply fast acting lawn food.

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