February Allotment Blog

February Allotment Blog

February out on the allotments - are you ready to start sowing?

The gray skies and rainy days aren’t particularly inspiring at this time of year are they? It’s the same here in Charlotte, North Carolina where I am staying until the end of the month. On those bright, sunny albeit chilly days I leap out of bed and straight to the park for the sunshine on my face and fresh air.

There is still plenty to be getting on with though to prepare for spring such as seed sowing and cleaning the greenhouse. Clearing the allotment and garden is essential for a good year ahead plus there is still time to plant bare root roses and indeed to prune older roses. I was once told, if you are unsure of how and when to prune roses just give them a good chop back during February and all will be well! It’s always worked for me.

So for now I am overseas, away from my allotment and Rhino Greenhouse (my office) but seeing everyone else in the UK down the plot on social media is fantastic and I am fully immersing myself in posts full of seed sowing excitement and final seed catalog orders! In the meantime, my seeds are being sent to my parents so when I get back I will be in full seed sowing swing. I can’t wait!

To grab my dose of gardening here in the US, I have been touring state parks and botanical gardens so my video this month for Rhino is something a bit different…but it is in a greenhouse no less and shows all of the different plants that can be grown under glass. So if you want to use your Rhino Greenhouse for something a little different, you might find just the thing in the video (spoiler alert: it involves the McMillan Greenhouse at the University of North Carolina Botanical Garden).

To read more about Ellen Mary, you can find her on social media and on her website - https://www.ellenmarygardening.co.uk/

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