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Cold Climate February Garden Calendar

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February Garden Calendar

For Cold climates (USDA hardiness zones 1-4)



·►Trees and Shrubs

Remove with pruners the damaged parts of yews, hemlocks, elms and tulip trees, which are subject to injury from late winter storms.

o Complete a Garden inventory and plan spring plantings


Order seeds and supplies. Plan to try a few new varieties and combinations

Test soil to determine the needs of lime and fertilizer.

Save wood ashes from the fireplace to add potassium to beds before they are planted in the spring.

·►Perennials and Bulb

Draw up plans for spring plantings and lay out locations of plants by height, color, texture of foliage, season of bloom, and adaptability to sun and shade.

o Check to see that winter mulch is still in place.

Check plants in cold frames regularly. Ventilate on warm days.

Look for snowdrops and winter aconite to bloom late this month.


Water roses deeply during any surprise thaws.

Send in orders to the mail-order nurseries.

Sharpen pruning tools.

·►Vegetables and Herbs

Lay out the garden on paper, rotate crops, and develope a planting schedule. Be realistic in evaluating time available for gardening (seriously? who can do this? bwa ha ha).

Order seeds, plants and supplies.

Start seed of onions and leeks indoors, and later this month, cabbage family crops.

Check stored root vegetables for decay, use remaining crop as soon as possible.


Shop local garden centers for seeds while their supplies are still adequate.

Test grow lights over seed starting benches, and replace as needed.

Pick a sunny site for this years tomato patch. Avoid any spots where Solanaceous-family plants, such as peppers, eggplant, potatoes or tomatoes have been grown in the past 3 years.

Buy new seed starting flats or disinfect last years with a bleach solution.


Inventory your lawn supplies, list those needed for spring.

Don't use salt to melt snow on walks and driveways near grass areas.

Walk the lawn, noting bare or thin areas in need of seeding in spring.

Perform a soil test to determine nutrient needs, if not done already.

Watch for red thread fungus disease throughout winter and spring.

·►Patio and Container Plants

Protect winter-hardy outdoor plants from snow and ice damage.

Provide cool conditions and good light for plants overwintering indoors.

Water and fertilize overwintering plants sparingly to avoid forcing excessive growth.

Continue planning, and place mail orders for spring delivery.


Source:Reader’s Digest 1001 Hints & Tips For Your Garden



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