What to do in the garden – February

February can be a mild month and bring an early spring, or it may turn very cold slowing the appearance of early spring bulbs. Your garden activities will be very much dictated by the temperature.

As the soil starts to warm outside weed seeds will start to germinate, this is nature’s signal to gardeners that spring is starting, the soil is warm enough to start growing seeds outside and it’s time to go gardening.

Even so, the odd cold snap can still have us reaching for the fleece to protect early sowings. Always make sure you have a contingency plan, never sow the whole packet of seed in one sowing just in case the weather takes a downturn and you have a crop failure. With more seeds in the packet you’ve always got a second or third chance for success. We have a full range of seeds in stock that can be grown on easily.

Other things to do in the garden this month:-

  • Don’t forget to feed the birds to sustain them through the winter
  • Buy seed potatoes and chit them ready for planting.
  • Prune back summer flowering Clematis.
  • Prune autumn-fruiting raspberries and feed with Sulphate of Potash plant food.
  • Give established blackcurrants their annual prune, aim to prune out a quarter of the old stems
  • Finish planting any bare root fruit canes, bushes and trees
  • Plant out onion sets.
  • Sow outdoors veg. seeds such as broccoli, early carrots, cut and come again lettuce, parsnips
  • Sow peppers, aubergines, chillies and tomatoes indoors to give you the earliest plants for growing in the greenhouse
  • Sow broad beans individually in 3in pots and leave to germinate on the windowsill
  • Top dress containers by replacing top inch with new compost
  • Mulch beds and borders with a Chipped Bark

Welcome to Woodbank

Woodbank Nurseries is more than any old nursery, it is a treasure trove of discovery, offering everything practical and beautiful for your garden and home. We are a family run business with good old fashioned service, warm and welcoming and delivered with smiling, helpful staff.

In recent years the company has invested into world-leading automation technology to compliment its traditional horticultural facilities. We grow over 2 million plants across an extensive range every year.
Our motto says it all

See It Growing Buy It Nursery Fresh

The nursery covers a 10 acres site with 4 acres all under cover, attracts approx 3000 visitors each week.

Woodbank Nurseries is a place to take the whole family for a day out; a leisurely walk amongst the beautiful flower displays followed by homemade delicious  food in the Potting Shed Restaurant which is not just another place to eat, it is also a fantastic exhibition of museum quality artifacts. You will not see a restaurant quite like this one anywhere!

We aim to provide a first class service to all of our customers through staff attentiveness, advice and assistance. As you would expect, all of the staff at Woodbank Nurseries have been recruited for their expertise and knowledge across a huge range of gardening disciplines. Many of our staff have been with us for a number of years and our customers have come to rely on them for their consistency of advice and gardening tips, all year round. Woodbank Nurseries currently employ in excess of 50 staff.