With Spring just around the corner, February is the month that puts a bit of pep in our step! The weather will become warmer, the days will get longer, and our gardens will slowly start to come to life.
As you may have guessed, there’s lots to get on with in your garden this month. Although it’s a bit too early to start planting your summer flowers, your hardy spring bulbs and plants can just about handle the colder weather. Find out what else you can get up to in this months round-up!
Chit Your Potatoes
Is 2021 the year you start to grow your own produce? Potatoes are a great place to start, as they take minimal effort and we all love the end result! February is the month where you start to chit your early potatoes (commonly known as baby or new potatoes). To find out more, read our blog about growing early potatoes here.
Plant Fruit Trees
You can ideally plant your fruit trees from November to the end of February. If you’re planning on growing your trees this year, then now is the best time to get them in the ground, as they will be in their dormant season. If you need advice on how to grow your fruit trees, read our easy to follow guide.
Prep Your Vegetable Patches
Similar to our potato tip, now is the perfect time to get your vegetable patches ready for sowing and growing throughout spring! There are plenty of veggies to grow in the spring season, such as cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes.
We’re back again for our annual community garden competition! Are you a part of a local community garden? Let us donate!
We know that during the recent lockdowns and with the public not being able to socialise as much, community gardening projects have suffered. However, with a new year comes new hope that we can get out and garden together again. So, tell us about your community garden group and share how your garden has benefited your local area and community.
We will be selecting three community gardens and donating a selection of bulbs/plants to their gardens. The prizes will consist of a specially selected range of J.Parker’s plants and bulbs, hand-picked to compliment your community garden’s theme.
How to enter
Simply answer this question (in 250 words or less):
How does your community garden support the local community?
Please send your answers to us via email at: email@example.com. (Remember to please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them).
What you can win
There will be 3 prizes for our top 3 favourite community gardens, including:
1st Prize – £100 worth of plants & bulbs
2nd Prize – £75 worth of plants & bulbs
3rd Prize – £50 worth of plants & bulbs
Three winning entries will receive a donation of bulbs or plants from J. Parker’s for use in their community project.
Entries should be under 250 words. Images can be used so long as your entry email is less than 5mb in size.
Send your entries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them) or entry via social media.
Entrants agree that, should they be successful, their story and their project may be used in future for coverage on our blog and social channels.
All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on our blog, on social media or in print.
The following criteria will be used to judge entries;
How the idea will benefit local communities and environments.
The originality of the idea and anything that sets it apart from other entrants.
The winners will receive a donation of J. Parker’s products with a value of up to £100 subject to available stock. This will be made up of products of our choosing based on the project described in the entry, cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize. This donation of products can only be used for the purpose outlined in your entry.
Competition closes 24th February 2020.
Winners will be notified by email before the 28th February 2020.