16 Garden Tasks to Accomplish in February
We’re to the point of mid-winter. It’s been interesting weather throughout the US. A change in the weather pattern arrived to start the month of January, ushering in much colder temperatures for a large portion of the United States that lasted for several days in many areas. Brrrrr!
Either way, we’re all anxious for glorious Spring to arrive. While we wait, here’s a list of 16 garden tasks to accomplish in February, and prepare for the garden season to begin!
1. Join your fellow gardeners at the nearest Flower & Garden show. You can enjoy some wonderful show garden displays, purchase plants from the nursery vendors, hear fabulous industry speakers, and just generally get some hope that spring is near!
2. Start fertilizing your indoor plants. This is about the time many of them will be showing new growth, as the light from longer days begins streaming in your windows. You may also want to give them a refreshing gentle shower to start them off fresh.
3. Ahead of planting season, this is a great time to do a soil test. Find out now if you need to add any amendments, and what types of plants will do best in your yard.
4. If you’re trying out seed starting for the first time, read more about how to do it successfully with “Starting Seeds.”
5. Sort your seed packets by month, and make a planting schedule. Here’s a great planting calendar from Urban Farmer – you might even print a copy out and put on your fridge.
6. Order Summer blooming bulbs now.
7. Install a rain barrel under a convenient down spout. With droughts becoming more prevalent in areas across the US, this is a great way to capture and use any rain water that comes your way.
8. Paint your rain barrel! Check out these fun examples on our Pinterest Board “Rainwater Harvesting.” This would be a fun family project!
9. Wash your pots before you get ready to plant them. Scrub with warm soapy water, and a brush if needed. Rinse well and start planning what’s going into them.
10. Keep feeding your bird friends. Keep water in birdbaths or other sources until rains come again to your area.
11. Clean up winter debris in your garden and flower beds. Time to neaten up! You’ll enjoy seeing the bulbs poking their heads out of the soil if you do so.
13. Cut back any remaining last season growth on your perennials. This will clean up your garden beds, plus prepare them for new growth.
14. Plant bare root roses, if your Zone is past freezes.
15. After Presidents’ Day, go ahead and hard prune your roses. It may sound like an old wives’ tale, but we know many gardeners who always follow this rule, and have gorgeous roses!
16. Transplant trees and shrubs, as well. You can also purchase some great new bare root trees this time of year in the nursery.
Happy Valentine’s Day – see you in March!
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