Gardening Jobs for February

Posted: 30 Jan 2024

Hello February

Find out what to do in your garden, allotment and greenhouse in February, with our handy, 'Simon says'. 

• Cut back deciduous ornamental grasses.

• Split up large clumps of snowdrops that have finished flowering and plant them to fill gaps in the garden

• Cut back late summer flowering Clematis to 30cm from the ground.

• There’s still time to dig up and move shrubs if required

• Plant up patio containers with hardy bedding plants such as Violas, Pansies, Bellis and Primulas to bring some colour to your view from indoors.

• Cut the dead flower spikes off winter Heathers.  Take care to not cut back too far, so just the bits that have dead flowers!

• Cut Buddlejas back to 30-50cm from the ground to keep the wonderful shrubs in shape.

• Now is your last chance to cut back plants that birds like to nest in.  Valentine’s Day is the day they pair up for the season and start building their nests!!

• Sprinkle Fish, blood and bone over the root area of established trees and shrubs to give them a good, balanced feed.

• Place 1st early seed potatoes in a well-lit, frost-free position and encourage them to chit, before planting.

• Sprinkle some sulphate of potash over the root area of fruit trees and bushes to encourage more flowers and fruits.

• Cover early fruiting Strawberry plants with a cloche to produce an even earlier crop.

• Apply hedgehog-friendly Slugclear Ultra pellets now to reduce damage.

• Plant summer flowering bulbs and tubers in frost free greenhouses.

• Get nesting boxes in place as soon as possible to encourage honeymooning couples to your garden!

• Place bird feeders away from nesting boxes, but in a site-line from indoors.

• Prune hybrid tea and floribuna Roses to encourage growth that leaves the heart of the plant open to encourage air circulation.


Gardening Jobs for February

With a beautiful weekend forecasted we asked the plant team to pick their favourite plant available right now, they felt it was like being asked to choose their favourite child…..but they did anyway!
Louise chose a hardy gerbera (but snuck in a Bella fuchsia as well when I wasn’t looking), Lorna chose a beautiful Lilac. Tam is obviously staying in with her amazing three stemmed orchid. Kaye, went for 2 hydrangeas and Elaine went big with her cercis tree.
They all look wonderful, and the plants don’t look bad either.
Homegrown 14” hanging baskets are now in stock!⁠

We have a wide selection of colour schemes for you to choose from, perfect for any garden. Both plants and baskets are grown and made at our nursery. ⁠

You can hang these in the garden from now, though be sure to secure them properly in windy weather!
Congratulations to our amazingly artistic winners of the Viola and Pansy Colouring Competition. We look forward to welcoming them back soon to spend their vouchers.
Touch me.......Smell me!

Our Award Winning Home Grown Scented Geraniums are now in stock, they may not look the most colourful plant, but give them a rub next time you pass and you will get an amazing selection of scents.
To attract attention to these amazing plants Jess from our nursery designed these beautiful perfume bottle labels and won an award at the HTA National Plant Show for her designs.
Wow, It looks like it isn't going to rain this weekend! Perfect time to get gardening.
Our nursery is incredibly busy producing plants for the whole country, but don't worry, we’re saving the best for you
Due to technical issues beyond our control, please note that this Sunday 14th April, Meadow Croft Kitchen will NOT be serving Sunday roasts. Our Sunday breakfast menu will be available until 11.30am as usual and then our normal weekday lunch menu will be served from 12pm-2.30pm. We will still have plenty of delicious dishes and treats for you to enjoy.
Thank you for your understanding.
MCK Team.
Milkshakes are officially back at The 10th Hole! ⛳⁠

Choose from Strawberry, Raspberry Ripple, Flake, Oreo, Biscoff, Chocolate, Vanilla and Espresso flavours while you putt your way around the course
Looking to give your plants a boost as the weather gets better? ⁠

Stop by the garden centre and pick up a box of @MiracleGro's all purpose plant food. Get 20% extra feed free! ⁠

Simply feed every two weeks from March to September using a feeder or watering can
Have you seen our new furniture department? Lynn and Simon love it so much that while the weather has been poor, they can be found relaxing in it. With the weather about to improve they’re going back out into their garden. Come and have a look around for some inspiration to create your outside living space.
#outdoorroom #outdoorliving #gardenfurniture #barbecue
It’s opening time at ‘The Meadows’ our in store local bottle shop.
New Hall wine, Essex gin and local beer all available now.

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