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Temperate Climate February Garden Calendar

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February Calendar

For Temperate climates (USDA hardiness zones 5-6)

 

·►Trees and Shrubs

Apply fertilizer to deciduous shrubs, trees and hollies.

Cut overgrown or misshapen lilacs to the ground.

Snap off new "candles" from Scotch pines, firs, and other conifers to encourage a compact shape.

Look for, remove, and destroy any bagworm cocoons in your trees.

·►Annuals

Order seeds and supplies, if not done already.

Sow seeds of slow growing annuals indoors late in the month.

Take cuttings from overwintering plants when they're about 4 inches tall.

Test soil to determine the needs of lime and fertilizer, if not previously done.

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.

Check to see that winter mulch is still in place.

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

Begin soil preparation as weather allows, adding needed amendments.

Plant lilies as weather permits.

·►Roses

On sunny days, ventilate any roses that are overwintering in plastic foam rose cones..

As temperatures moderate, remove evergreen boughs or other protective coverings from miniature and ground cover roses.

Send in orders to the mail-order nurseries, if not done previously.

On a mild still day, spray with dormant oil to kill overwintering insects, their eggs, and disease spores.

·►Vegetables and Herbs

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

Check tools and make needed repairs. Clean and sharpen blades.

Start seed of onions and leeks indoors

Watch for preseason sales at garden centers and load up on supplies while the stores are well stocked.

·►Tomatoes

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.

·►Lawns

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.

Gradually increase temperature, watering and fertilizing.

Pinch back or take cuttings from leggy overwintered plants.

 

Prepare new planters, incorporating organic matter and sand or perlite.

Start Begonias and Caladiums.

 

 

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

 

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