This Month in the Garden: February

??????????????      He knows no winter, he who loves the soil,
          For, stormy days, when he is free from toil,
          He plans his summer crops, selects his seeds
          From bright-paged catalogues for garden needs.
          When looking out upon frost-silvered fields,
          He visualizes autumn’s golden yields;
          He sees in snow and sleet and icy rain
          Precious moisture for his early grain;
          He hears spring-heralds in the storm’s turmoil­
                                 He knows no winter, he who loves the soil.

Sudie Stuart Hager, He Knows No Winter

For the lawn:

  • Make sure your lawn mower is tuned up. Have blades cleaned.

In the garden:

  • Sharpen and sterilize garden tools.
  • Make a cold frame or hot bed to start vegetable and flower plants early.
  • Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to protect against pests.
  • Remove diseased or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
  • Clean up any weeds before they go to seed or develop roots. Weed now to reduce work later!
  • Start brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, and most herbs indoors; keep them in a warm place, but avoid direct sunlight.
  • Do you get moles? Set out humane traps.
  • Repot houseplants; be sure to provide them with plenty of sunlight and fresh air.
  • Invest in a soil thermometer so that you know when the soil is warm enough for seeds to germinate outdoors.
  • As soon as the soil is workable, add in manure or compost to prepare your garden for planting.

Photo of Avalanche Lily at Mt. Rainier courtesy of The Columbian.


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