Garden chores | February 5

  • After the fruit has been picked, passionfruit vines can be lightly clipped with hedge shears. Thin out where congested but major grooming is best done in early spring.
  • Buy spring-flowering bulbs while there is a good selection on the stands but save planting until March for daffodils and jonquils or May for tulips and Dutch hyacinths.
  • Once stone fruit trees been harvested it’s a good time to summer prune, as cuts will heal quickly. Cut down any competing basal weeds, then lay a thick mulch on top to suppress further growth as well as help conserve moisture.
  • Fleshy rooted agapanthus can be lifted and divided after flowering if need be. Overcrowded bearded iris may also be divided now.