Winter Gardening Tasks in Pacific Northwest: February

Dated: 01/30/2013

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Tips for February

Many people use the Winter in the Northwest to hibernate indoors. Unfortunately our yards and gardens suffer from neglect during these months. There is still plenty you can do now to prep your plants for a beautiful growing season. 

 At the end of these tips I’ve included a short video “Square Foot Gardening Tips –February”. Enjoy!

 Lawns: Now is a great time to start planning for some landscaping projects. Just remember not to scatter any additional grass seed until next month. If you do it now, the seed may rot.  

 Trees & Shrubs: All types of trees can be planted now. This is one of my favorite additions to my yard. You can completely change the look and feel of your gardening space by adding some height and color. Bare root trees including fruit tress can go in the ground, just be sure to include a ring of coarse mulch around the bare ground beneath the tree. Be careful not to pile the mulch up on the trunk base.

 Vines & Ground Covers: Woody plants can be planted when temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Be careful when walking around your ground cover. Try and avoid ground that is soggy so that you don’t depress the area by walking on it.

 Bulbs: If you still haven’t planted your hardy spring-blooming bulbs, now is the time to get them in the ground. Make certain to discard any bulbs that are soft or hollow. Small shoots of Crocus, Grape Hyacinth and earliest Daffodils may be starting to emerge from the ground.  Use a water-soluble fertilizer or granules as long as rain is still frequent.

 Tools: February is also a good time to make sure your garden tools are sharpened and ready for the Spring. Service your lawn mower; sharpen hoes and shovels, pickaxes and gardening shears.

 Vegetables: Get your colder vegetable seeds in the ground by mid month: Asparagus, Beet, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Collard, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Potato, Peas, Radish, Spinach and Turnips.

 (Note: Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR are both in Zone 8.)




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