February Gardening

February gardening

 

February gardening might seem like a ridiculous idea, especially when there’s bone-chilling temperatures hovering over most of the continent. But to get the most out of your home grown fruit and vegetables, it’s an important month to start orgainising for Spring.

 

February is not only the time to start planning your spring garden, but it’s actually the month you will need to plant slower-growing vegetables.

 

Here’s your February gardening to-do list:

 

1. Learn your region’s last average frost date.

Pay a visit to The Old Farmer’s Almanac website and plug in your city to learn the estimated last frost date. Slower-growing plants need to be planted 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date, according to MidwestLiving.com, so mark that date on the calendar.

 

February gardening

Illustration By Elayne Sears

 

2. Set up an indoor garden.

Those slower-growing plants that need to be planted before the last frost date need to be planted indoors, and then transferred outside once the frost date has passed. Don’t be overwhelmed at the prospect of starting your garden inside. This tutorial from RuralSpin.com makes setting up your interior garden easy – and inexpensive by using what you most likely already have.

 

3. Decide what to plant.

Consult with your local greenhouse as to what produce they recommend you plant for your area, but OrganicGardening.com recommends planting onions and leeks at the beginning of the 6-8 week pre-frost date period, and then planting the following toward the end of that period:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Tomatoes

 

Again, consult with your local garden shop for specific recommendations to your area.

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