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WHAT TO DO IN FEBRUARY

Sow Seeds
Vegetables: Beets, Carrots, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Parsnip, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Turnips. Start Tomatoes and Peppers indoors. 

Herbs: Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Parsley. 

Flowers: Coreopsis, Cosmos, Nasturtium, Sweet Peas. 

Plant
Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Asian Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onion Sets, Seed Potatoes, Shallot Bulbs, Spinach.

Fruit: Blackberries, Dewberries, Grapes, Figs, Pears, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Strawberries. 

Herbs: Calendula, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Fennel, Feverfew, Lavender, Pansies, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Sorrel, Thyme. 

Annuals: African Daisy, Alyssum, Balloon Flower, Delphinium, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, English Daisy, Larkspur, Lobelia, Nemesia, Petunias, Poppies, Snapdragons, Stock. 

Perennials: Black Foot Daisy, Four Nerve Daisy, Hymenoxys, Ruellia, Salvia greggii, Skeleton Leaf Golden Eye, Turk’s Cap, Yarrow, Zexmenia.  

Feed and Cultivate
Early in the month, work in compost and organic fertilizer to vegetable and flower beds so you’ll be ready when the planting fever hits. In our gardens, we alternate between Revitalizer, Turkey and Farm Style composts. We also add Garden Pep Cotton Seed Meal, and a mineral source such as Glittering Greensand or Minerals Plus.  

Whether your bed is new or established, give your plants a boost with Plant Success beneficial mycorrhizal fungi and inoculate your soil with a dose of our home-brewed Aerobic Compost Tea.  

Feed new and existing plants with John’s Recipe liquid fertilizer.  

Prepare garden beds for spring crops by working in 1”- 2” Revitalizer, Turkey or Farm Style Compost, and Garden Pep Cottonseed Meal at the rate of 1 lb. per 30 square feet.

For best results, mix the compost in to about 6” deep, then add the Cottonseed Meal to just the top two inches of soil. Give annuals a boost with Lady Bug Flower Power and/or John’s Recipe Liquid Fertilizer.  

Prune, Spray, Maintain
If you haven’t done it yet, apply Corn Gluten natural pre-emergent weed control. See January’s To Do List for details. 

For plants that need supplemental water: always water deeply, especially before freezes. Dry plants are more likely to suffer freeze damage than well-watered ones. Be careful not to overwater; plants use water more slowly when temperatures are cool.  

Continue to protect tender plants, especially new seedlings, before a freeze.

Valentine’s Day means it’s time to prune roses. Sometime during the middle of February, shape your rose and give it some TLC in the form of compost and Lady Bug Flower Power fertilizer.  

Prune immature fruit trees if needed. Spray Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums with an all-natural fungicide when the buds begin to swell. (Rarely, if ever, do we recommend spraying pesticides or fungicides as a preventative measure except in the case of these non-native fruit trees. Ask our Info Desk for more details.) 

Shear hedges to shape and retard growth.  

Shear and shape hardy herbs as needed. Oregano, Rosemary, Savory, and Thyme will especially benefit from a late-winter haircut.  

Cut woody perennials such as Esperanza and Firebush down to 12” segments. When new growth appears at the base, cut the old stems nearly to the ground to eliminate unsightly dead sticks.  

Consider This, Learn That
Consider adding some structure to your landscape with native or well-adapted trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines.

Have a soil test done. We recommend Logan Labs (www.loganlabs.com), Control Laboratories (www.compostlab.com), and Texas Plant and Soil Lab (www.texasplantandsoillab.com.)

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