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February in the Garden

Vegetables and Fruits


Draw garden layouts to assist with the planning process.
Order seeds for spring planting.
Select varieties and order new fruit trees.
Take a soil test if one has not been done in the last few years.
Start broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage transplants.
Prune fruit trees like apples, pears and cherries.
Prune peach and nectarines just prior to bloom time.
Prune grapes, raspberries, and blackberries.
 
Incorporate manure or compost into garden areas for soil improvement.
Avoid working the soil when it is wet.
Check dates on stored seed packets. Sprout a few from each packet in a moist paper towel. Discard packets with poor results
 

Flowers


Start seeds for transplanting in the spring.
Check fall planted perennials and water if needed.
Watch for frost heaving of tender perennials and cover if needed.
Replenish winter mulch around roses and other plants.
Check bulbs in storage and discard if rotted.
Prepare catalog orders
 

Lawns


Review lawn service contracts and make changes if needed.
Tune up and repair the mower to get a jump on the season.
Keep off the grass as much as possible when it is frozen.
 

Trees and Shrubs


Check for rabbit damage on young trees and shrubs.
Water fall planted trees, shrubs if the soil is dry and not frozen.
Apply dormant oil for control of scale and mites.

Begin spring pruning
Donít prune spring flowering trees and shrubs until after bloom.
Cut twigs and branches of spring shrubs and bring them indoors to add a splash of spring color.

 Carefully remove snow form limbs with a broom.
 On warm days, prepare garden soil for early planting.
 

House Plants


Check plants for insects, mites or other problems.
Donít start feeding until spring arrives.
Remove dust from plants by placing in the shower.
Water as needed, but donít let roots sit in water.
 

 

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