I love preparing the sowing calendar for this month February, there are many more things. This month begins to be more diverse, and crops such as tomatoes, peppers or zucchini re-enter the plans in temperate climates (in cold climates wait until March better).
The days are lengthening little by little and the crops begin to have more hours of light and grow faster. However, February is also a time when frosts can be frequent and unexpected, so it is important to be cautious. That is why it is very important to know what to plant in February.
What to plant in February in the garden
Winter and spring vegetables
Sowing in seedbed
Sowing in the heated nursery or indoor nursery
You can also try the pre-designed campus packs. They are special for this time of year. Hold the cold well and they will give you continuous harvest while you prepare your spring crops in the seedbed.
What to sow and grow in February
Protect your garden from the cold
Although winter crops, such as beans or cauliflowers, are resistant to low temperatures, when the temperature drops below 0º, things can get ugly. A single day of frost can ruin your harvest. Just enough to prevent a little, be aware of the weather forecast and implement some simple techniques that will make your garden resistant to the latest cold waves this year.
Some techniques to protect the frosted garden:
- Cover the plants with thermal blankets or accordion greenhouses.
- Place the pots inside the house or inside a greenhouse.
- Cover the pots with bubble wrap.
- Cover the floor with
Sowing in seedbeds
You can start planting spring crops by sowing indoors or in a heated greenhouse. These crops need a soil temperature of about 20ºC, although the optimum is 25. If you start now with the planting, you can transplant in March, and obtain an earlier harvest. Then you can go back to make a new planting in March or April, so the summer season will be much longer and you can enjoy more time growing crops such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, and zucchini.
Choose winter vegetables
Some crops can be grown without problems without any protection, except in the case of frost, as mentioned above. This makes them ideal for this month, so if we have planted in previous months we can enjoy them now. And we are still in time to plant some of these varieties, which will take advantage of the last months of cool temperatures. (Marked with an asterisk in the list below)
These cold-resistant crops are:
- Brussels sprouts
- Leeks *
- Garlic *
- Broad beans*
- Green peas*
- Carrots *
- Lettuce (especially the Roman type) *
- Radishes *
If we started with sowing in January we will surely have some plants to transplant. Here are a few tips to ensure that the cold does not end with the delicate seedlings:
- In the case of tomatoes or other delicate crops, it is not convenient to transplant them outdoors yet, if they have become too large for their seedbeds, transplant them to an intermediate pot that you can have inside for a while longer. After the frosts, we can place them in their final location.
- For transplants on land- if we have planted onion seedlings or lettuce, for example – the idea is to prepare the soil a little by applying a natural, compost-type, or dark plastic mulch. The color factor is important since dark shades absorb solar radiation better and keep the soil warmer. Having prepared an accordion greenhouse or greenhouses made with plastic bottles can be of great help for these young crops.
If you have a fruit tree February is the ideal month to prune it, since the buds will start to come out strong when spring arrives.