Garden Calendar – February Checklist

February is still very much winter but the pace for preparations is going to pick up. February is a great time to prep your garden beds by edging, amending the soil, pruning, and mulching beds. Below are some tips to hopefully have you reaping the reward of all your hard work. 

Tool Care. Use this time to take sharpen blades, make necessary repairs, and oil moving parts. Avoid the spring rush and take your lawn mower and any other mechanized tools you use in for service. 

Cleaning Beds. Clean out your already established perennial garden beds and add the leaves and debris to your compost pile. It’s also a great time to prune your fruit trees, berry bushes, and other woody ornamentals on your property. You want to complete this while still dormant and before spring growth begins.

Start a Compost Pile (if you haven’t already). Your recycled yard debris (grass clippings, leaves, branches, or weeds) can be incorporated back into your garden as a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Compost increases soils porosity, fertility and stimulates healthy root development.  

Plant. The Wilmington, NC area enjoys a mild temperate climate and are in USDA Zone 8, affording us a long growing season. February is a great time to plant Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Kale, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radish, and Turnips. Start seeds for flowers and herbs with long germination periods or get a start on some cool weather crops like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, onions, and parsley. 

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