IN THE GARDEN: February to-do list

Susan Howell

Plant calendulas in February for foreseeable future colour and delicious salads.

Ready to get your hands dirty? Our February to-do list may well make you hungry with all the goodies we get to plant.

Just before we start out, there are a few of problems to verify:

  1. Does the house the place you are likely to plant have suitable drainage? Devoid of suitable important drainage, plant roots could turn out to be water-logged, which can guide to root rot. Not excellent.
  2. Test your soil. Even if you tested your soil previous 12 months, we highly advise tests once again. The extraordinary weather conditions disorders we experienced around the summertime may possibly have immediately influenced your soil’s wellness.

TO-DO Listing

  1. February is a single of the most effective months for planting trees, shrubs, floor go over, perennials, and vines.
  2. Veggies to plant: artichokes, asparagus, onions, greens, lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots, beets, bok choy, collards, kale, peas, turnips, leeks, broccoli, shallot bulbs, cabbages, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, English peas, Swiss chard.
  3. Tasty herbs to plant at this time: calendula, chervil, cilantro, chives, dill, parsley, feverfew, oregano, sorrel, thyme, and garlic. If/when the temperature drops underneath freezing, guard your chives and cilantro.
  4. February fruit crops from which to pick: apples, peaches, pecans, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, figs, almonds, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  5. Did you sharpen your pruning instruments final thirty day period? Prune dormant perennials, rosemary, oregano, and roses.
  6. Pretties to plant: Alyssum, calendulas, cannas, daylilies, daisies, gladiolas, poppies, larkspur, pansies, petunias, pinks, primrose, and snapdragons.
  7. Have you seen bluebonnet sprouts in all places? Increase the deck of your mower so the blades spin Above your sprouts. Mow Above your bluebonnets to eliminate dead or competing invasives so your wildflowers can flourish. All the ailments and variables are in place to have a bountiful wildflower spring!
  8. Do NOT fertilize your bluebonnets. We have previously designed this error for you! Interesting truth: Bluebonnets disperse a a few-calendar year provide of seeds each time the pods spring open up. Within just a person pod, some of the seeds will germinate the up coming 12 months, some in two decades, and some in three.

Native Crops

Native crops are the most significant variable in encouraging the birds. Only native vegetation enjoy host to the insects they will need. Indigenous vegetation will need small water, except when amazingly young, and do not want pesticides. So you should, whether or not you have a little city large amount or a farm/ranch, make a resolution to do additional in the following calendar year, even if you just make a small get started. Check the Audubon Indigenous Plants Database and enter your ZIP code for a listing of about 300 suited plants, just for your space.

Facet Take note: We are energized about the over Native Plants Databases. Not only will it give you a listing of native plants for our location, you can also filter for particular species of birds.

Preserve your souls and soles in your backyard!

Don’t forget the Real Learn Gardener: Jesus explained, “I am the vine my Father is the Gardener.” John 15:1

“In the Back garden” is written by daughter-father gardening team Martelle and Bill Luedecke. If you have gardening concerns, speak to Martelle at 512-769-3179 or [email protected] or Bill at 512-577-1463 or [email protected]. Browse extra “In the Back garden” columns in the 101 Lawn & Garden Tutorial.

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