“February Garden Tips” sound a little strange here on this never-ending, snow-bound, frozen hill. But, as in the post, “January Garden Tips,” there are still quite a few things you can do for the garden even if you suffer through harsh winters! Here are some ideas to get you going:
PRUNE THOSE TREES
– Prune your fruit trees. (If you haven’t already)
They are still dormant, so it’s a great time to prune.
Since you sharpened and cleaned up your tools in January, your pruning saw should be ready to go!
If you are unable to do it yourself, ask around. Look in the classified ads, Craig’s List, and Facebook groups.
We found a local person who not only knows how to prune trees, he is full of knowledge about all sorts of plants. Plus he charged a very fair, affordable price. We don’t prefer to climb ladders if we don’t have to, especially when there is so much ice and snow on which to slip!
– Continue to fine-tune your Garden Plans! This is ongoing, forever evolving, and FUN!
Enjoy this process. I find this to be a form of therapy in and of itself.
As you narrow things down, you can start to get more specific about which plants you want and where they will go.
Sometimes the seed companies are sold out of what you ordered. Don’t despair! This creates an opening for yet another NEW IDEA! Look at this as an opportunity to get excited all over again.
– Give your houseplants some lovin’.
Make sure they are watered regularly, as in once per week.
Fertilize, if applicable, once per month.
Set them in the sink or shower and give them a good drench every 2-4 weeks.
Remove the spent, dead, leaves. Re-pot them if necessary.
Talk to them if it doesn’t make you feel silly.
It used to be thought that talking to a plant benefited the plant. I think it benefits me every bit as much, if not more so! Perhaps it brings clarity?
– Grow something new on your windowsill.
Try forcing bulbs.
Plant lettuce in containers.
Depending which growing zone you are in, perhaps start your little seedlings for the garden.
Grow are sprouts in a jar.
Grow mushrooms from a mushroom growing kit.
– Take some snowy pictures so you can remember not to feel sorry for yourself on a 90°, mosquito-rich summer day.
If you don’t live in a snowy area, take photos of all the dead plants that surround you. You can look at these when things are really lush and green.
– As your seed orders arrive, organize them with the others.
This is a good time to fine-tune what’s in your seed storage.
Consult resources about companion planting, as mentioned in THIS POST.
– Continue to compost.
It still heats up in the winter! It’s so worth it!
Use Your Harvest
– Use up your fresh, frozen, and canned harvest from last year.
The last of your frozen zucchini can be baked into muffins instead of a loaf, or added to spaghetti sauce that you canned.
Try cutting up a pumpkin and roasting it, then roast the seeds. The pumpkin flesh can be made into a soup, pie, or cake.
Break out the jams and jellies when you make pancakes, or with slices of bread after dinner or with tea in the afternoon.
Make a relish tray with all of your pickled vegetables to serve with appetizers.
Make potato chips.
What are your favorite February garden tips?
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