Take stock and prepare for spring. It’s about to get very busy on the allotment
February is the cruellest month – whatever TS Eliot says about lilacs, dull roots and tubers. More light is near. We will have gained two hours by the 28th. Bulbs are starting to sprout. Spring is within touching distance, but it is still mostly too cold to sow and soil lags far behind. Time then to hold back and prepare.
Start by taking care of tools. Clean and sharpen blades. I use linseed oil on wooden handles, like a kid with a cricket bat. Dig in manure: cow if you can for vegetables, horse for flowers, grow green manure next winter if you can’t easily find either. Check seeds for expiry date, order more where you have gaps, organic and open-pollinated if you can afford it. Also start to weed if it’s not too wet.