February Gardening Projects

In some areas Winter may still look, like it will never end, yet, a stone throw away, the first signs of Spring are all out there, to enjoy, and to remind us, of busy times to come.
See what's good to do this month.

SUITABLE INDOOR PROJECT TO UNDERTAKE IN FEBRUARY
  • Order seeds
  • Sow these indoors (tomato, beets, lettuce, onions, sage, parsley, chives, basil, impatients, lobelia, salvia, verbena)
  • Take cuttings of lavender, rosemary, and other hardwood cuttings for rooting and propagation, start rooting these indoors
  • Fertilize, divide, re-pot your houseplants
  • Clean garden pots and containers
  • Force chicory from roots
  • Start organic kitchen garden!

OUTDOOR GARDEN PROJECTS FOR FEBRUARY
  • Service garden tools, test and condition the soil
  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs and vines(1)
  • Plant horseradish root (1)
  • Force rhubarb 
  • Plant asparagus
  • Sow (in milder climates) beets, peas, lettuce, cress. 
  • Minimize the damage, keep snow/ice of the branches
  • Use wood ashes to condition the soil (2)

(1) this of course can be done, as soon as you can work the soil.
(2) Moderate use of wood ashes will condition the soil with potassium, phosphorus and other nutrients.
It will also neutralize acidic soils, which is great for some plants. Woodland plants, such as Rhododendron, Blueberry, Juniper, Mountain Laurel, Heather, Azalea, Holly, etc., do actually like acidic soil, so please avoid putting wood ashes next to these plants.
Caution
Ashes from any treated wood are not suitable, because they may contaminate soil and plants with heavy metals and other harmful components. Use untreated wood ashes, only.

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Special Thanks
Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors: dive-angel (Karin), Jasmine&Roses, LollyKnit/CC 2/0, Rita Crane Photography. Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., TMR Davies, W.D. Williams

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