Welcome to the February edition of our newsletter. Late summer is a busy time in the garden, with warm-season harvests nearing their peak and many gardeners coping with unpredictable, extreme weather.
February is the perfect time to plan for the cooler months ahead. As well as veggies and seed garlic, include some vibrant flower seeds and bulbs in your plans to add a splash of colour and provide essential nectar for bees. If space permits, let some summer herbs and flowers go to seed; not only are the flowers beneficial for insects, but you can also save seeds for next year.
Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 10 February, and we've restocked dragon fruit cuttings in time to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Dragons are said to be intelligent, independent, charismatic creatures - just like most gardeners!
Seeds to Sow in February
Sow seeds this month for autumn and winter flowers and crops. For gardeners in most of Australia, seeds for beetroot, brassicas and alliums can be planted this month, along with candtuft, calendula, coreopsis and alyssum. Gardeners in the tropics can plant seeds for tomato, capsicum, cucumber and eggplant. Find a full list of Seeds to Sow in February here.
Our first seed garlic bulbs for the season are now available. Garlic is a slow-maturing crop, so find a space in the garden where plants can grow undisturbed through winter and spring. Store the bulbs whole, then break them into individual cloves just before planting from March to June. Browse all seed garlic bulbs here.
Dragon fruit, also know as pitaya, is a perennial, climbing tropical cactus that produces vibrant, juicy fruit. Dragon fruit cuttings can be planted this month; start them in small pots and keep them indoors or in a sheltered spot through winter, then transfer them to a large pot or the garden in spring. Browse dragon fruit cuttings here.
Flower Bulbs and Rhizomes
Belladonna lily bulbs can be planted now in all climates, while bearded iris rhizomes and snow crocus corms can be planted from now until May in cold and temperate climates. We'll be adding more spring flowering bulbs and corms to our range as they arrive through February and March. Browse all flower bulbs here.