Things to do in the vegetable garden in February
In February the days will already be a little longer and the temperatures are slowly rising. This is a nice time to prepare your vegetable garden for spring.
In February it still can be quite harsh and cold in many places in the world. Due to the changeable weather in this month, the exact times of sowing and planting differ a little each year.
When the frosty nights are over, you can start plowing the top layer of your vegetable garden and fertilize the soil with rich compost.
Sowing and planting
In February the soil is still too cold for many fruit and vegetables, but luckily you can get started with a few exceptions. From late February you may already sow garden peas (pod peas) outside. And if the weather conditions in your area allow it, you can also already plant rhubarb. Do not forget to cover the plant with some straw or compost.
In February you can also start sowing herbs and vegetables in a greenhouse or indoors in pots on your windowsill. Use a good quality soil mix for seeding/cutting. This contains all the necessary nutrients that ensure good germination.
Think of vegetables such as tomatoes, peas, broad beans, aubergines, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, and cucumbers.
Capers, broad beans and peas can be better first germinated indoors. You can move these outdoors to your vegetable garden in March or April.
If you have a greenhouse, you can enjoy yourself even more. Inside the greenhouse, you can start sowing spinach, radishes, cress, lettuce, and carrots.
You can jump start your little plants by adding a gentle and effective fertilizer that is specially developed for seedlings. Just add a little bit of fertilizer to the hole in the ground where you put your plants.
With a balanced blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium from natural sources, you will give your plants a healthy head start which ensures a strong development.
Harvest in February
The crops you can harvest in February are Brussels sprouts, kale, leeks, salsify and lamb's lettuce.
Curious about some tasty and surprising dishes that you can put on the table with these winter veggies? Why not try a sprout stew with teriyaki or a smooth potato-leek soup. Or treat yourself of your guests to a special pasta dish such as tagliatelle with salsify. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? And it is even tastier when it comes from your own garden.
Maintenance of your garden
February is also a perfect month to clean up your garden. To remove weeds and, for example, to place wooden support poles at young fruit trees. Fruit trees that you haven't pruned yet, can now be pruned so that all branches catch enough light. Do you have an autumn raspberry bush in your garden? Then prune it back to a few centimeters above the ground.
So even in a cold month like February, there is plenty to do in your vegetable garden. Have fun!