Monday, February 4, 2019

Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for February

The season of relaxation is coming to an end for most Zone 6 and 7 Gardeners. February is all about prepping for spring!

GARDEN PREP & SEED STARTING 

By now, you'll want to have mapped out this year's garden, and have your plans finalized. Finish collecting any seeds you need, and gather all your seed-starting equipment. Make sure to clean and sanitize any pots you used last year, so everything starts fresh.

Depending on what you're growing, you may even get to start seeds this month indoors! The long awaited time has come! Some flowers and early cool-weather veggies can be started indoors this month to get a jump on spring harvesting. Exciting!

The garden after the snow started melting // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for February // www.thejoyblog.net
Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for February // www.thejoyblog.net

HOUSEPLANT CARE

Houseplants typically grow a lot in the winter, and you have probably noticed a lot of new leaves forming on your tropicals. Fertilize your houseplants to give them a boost, and repot any that are becoming root bound. It also helps to refresh the soil in ones that don't need a bigger pot, to give your plants a boost of nutrition.

Wipe dust from the plants with a damp cloth or paper towel, and consider giving them a lukewarm shower, or misting regularly to provide some humidity that our furnaces have stolen from them the entire winter. They will love you for this!

Indoor palm tree and cactus basking in the long rays of winter sunshine // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for February // www.thejoyblog.net

END OF WINTER WAKE-UP

As the days grow longer, and the snow starts to recede, you may notice early spring or late winter bulbs popping through the soil and tiny buds forming on your trees and perennials. Enjoy them! It's the first sign that things are shifting into a gardener's favorite season of the year -- growing season!

Early spring bulbs popping through the frozen ground // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for February // www.thejoyblog.net
Ice Plant and Wormwood starting to wake up from the winter freeze // Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for February // www.thejoyblog.net


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