February is the month to get into seed starting and other tasks that give us a leg up on the gardening season.
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In what to do in the garden in January, we discussed designing our gardens, buying seeds, a few things to harvest from a cold frame or other protected growing space, and a few maintenance tasks if the weather’s right for working outside.
Remember that I’m in USDA hardiness zone 6a, which may or may not apply to your location. Your garden may be covered in snow, but at least February is the month to collect seed starting supplies and dig in. All in all, February is a fairly tame entry into the gardening season.
15 minutes a day
I like to set aside 15 minutes every day for gardening activities. This keeps gardening at the forefront of my mind and maintains it as a priority without requiring me to give up “real life” stuff.
Harvest from under Protection Outdoors
This is a list of crops that were sown in early fall of the previous year, covered by row cover, cold frame, hoop house, greenhouse, or some other kind of protection, and harvested throughout the winter.
- Tidy the garden: cut back dead plants, weed, and rake leaves.
- Build a compost bin if you don’t have one.
- Add soil amendments to spring cold frame garden beds, such as worm castings, coffee grounds, fresh or dried herbs, finished compost, or aged livestock manure.
Start Seeds Under Grow Lights
The following seeds can be started indoors.
Start Seeds in a Cold Frame
Build a New Bed
If the weather allows, build a new bed using the sheet mulch method. Cover an area with cardboard, overlapping the ends to cover the ground completely. Then add organic matter – compost soil, coffee grounds, worm castings, aged manure, etc.
The minimum rule for the thickness of the organic matter is 12 inches, but go thicker if you have access to enough organic matter.
That’s it, congratulations on a great start to the gardening season!
What did I miss? What do you do in February in your climate?