February is a great time to get your garden ready for spring. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just getting started, there are plenty of activities you can do in February to make sure your garden is ready for the warmer months ahead. From seed sowing and garden planning to caring for houseplants, February gardening offers something for everyone. With the right preparation, you can enjoy a beautiful and productive garden all year round!
With temperatures slowly increasing and the days getting longer, February is a good month to start planting your first seeds of the year. Depending on which zone you live in, there are a variety of crops that can be planted in February. In Zone 3, for example, you can sow lettuce, spinach, kale and carrots. In Zone 4, you can sow onions and peas. And in Zone 5 you can sow tomatoes and peppers. No matter what zone you live in, sowing seeds in February will give your garden a head start on the growing season! Check out a few popular varieties of seeds you can sow now in your area – below!
|Coastal, BC – Asparagus, Broadbean, Corn salad, Onions, Pac Choi & Choi Sum, Peas, Radish, Spinach, Strawberries
|South Central, BC – Artichoke, Asparagus, Celery, Chickpeas, Strawberries
|Ontario, BC – Northern BC, Artichoke, Strawberries
|South Central, Prairies – Delphinium, Rubeckia, Snapdragons, Sweet Pea, Yarrow, Pansy, Lavender, Rosemary
|Southern Prairies – Artichoke, Asparagus, Celery, Leeks, Onions, Peppers, Strawberries
|Northern Prairies – Tithhonia, Viola, Lavender, Rosemary
|Central Ontario – Asparagus, Cress, Leeks, Onions, Peppers, Strawberries
|Southern Ontario – Arugula, Asparagus, Leeks, Onions (storage), Peppers, Strawberries
February is the perfect time to plan your garden for the upcoming growing season. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can have a beautiful garden that will bring you joy all spring and summer long.
Mapping out your garden is the first step in planning for February. You’ll want to decide which plants will go where, and how much space each one needs. You’ll also want to consider bloom times, so that you can maximize color in your garden throughout the season.
Take stock of what you currently have in your garden. What are the plants that need to be moved, weeds that need to be pulled, and areas that could use additional garden space?
Plan for which plants will grow well in the month of February and factor in any bloom times. Are there flowers or vegetables you would like to plant earlier than usual?
Finally, don’t forget about containers! If you’re short on space or just looking for more room for plants, using containers can be a great way to add more garden space without taking up too much room in your yard. With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can make sure your February garden planning sets up your outdoor oasis for success all season long!
Looking for more to do in the garden this February? Check out the latest episode of Get Up and Grow, ‘Brighten up your winter garden’ with our President, Gord Nickel – below!