Things are still dark, damp and chilly here in the Seattle area, but we love February because it’s the first month where we actually start seeds. For this month’s Garden Checklist, onions and shallots are on deck, as are sweet peas, beans, and kale. Depending on your last frost date, you may also even want to start some of your summer crops, although we tend to play it a little more conservative and wait until March. February is also a great month to ensure you are set up for a great season by ensuring all of your equipment, beds & yard tools are in tip-top shape.
So get going!
- By the beginning of the month, you should have your garden plan finalized and – hopefully – your seed orders have arrived
- At this point, we will have finalized the number of plants we’ll be growing, and which beds they will go in over the course of the season
- If you have cover crops, plan to turn over those crops and add compost or fertilizer at least 2-3 weeks before your first transplant date
- If you want to add a bit of heat, you can optionally choose to but black plastic mulch over your beds
- Now is also a good time to ensure your garden tools are sharp, rust-free and ready for the season
- If weather permits, get an early start on weeding and add mulch to paths
- Prune your fruit trees and divide & move any cane fruits like raspberries or currants
- Apply dormant oil to fruit trees
- Get your seed starting station setup – lighting, heat mats if needed, etc.
- If slugs are an issue in your area, you can put down a pet-safe bait before you start transplanting
Sow & Plant
Sow indoors your early seeds starts:
- Fava Beans
- Fruit Trees
- Cane Fruits
Continue to harvest any over-wintered veggies:
- Root Vegetables
- Treat lawns, sidewalks, driveways and roofs for moss
- Make sure your mower is ready for action – sharp blades, fresh fuel, and general maintenance