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February Gardening Social Media

Feb 03
  By EliannaCoulton


February is a great time to plan out your garden. Things to keep in mind include: Which plants do you want closer to the house? Herbs? How close is your water faucet to your most thirsty plants? Which plants will grow well next to each other? Make sure to check out our garden monthly for tips to help you plan!


Show off how much you know about vegetables with the In My Garden Activity sheet #GrowThis!


Try growing greens, herbs and quick growers like radishes inside, in your window. All of these do well in windows or under a grow light with only a small amount of soil.


Try growing microgreens with seeds left over from last year (or new seeds, too)!


Try to point out the plants you know along the way of our Garden Maze! #GrowThis!


Start saving items from around the house that you can use in the garden, like toilet paper rolls to start seeds in. Other items to gather and save include sheets or blankets, towels, cardboard and tarp. #gardening #gardeningathome


If you have any plants growing outside, make sure to cover them on cold nights! You can use store-bought coverings or even a bed sheet!


Mid- to late ​February is a great time to start some seeds! You can start cold-weather crops such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts even earlier indoors or in a greenhouse.


GARDENING Q&A Q: What are some ways that roots help plants? A: Roots help plants by: -holding the plants in the ground. -helping the plant take up water and nutrients from the soil. -storing energy and nutrients for the plant.


If you live in Western Oregon and your soil is dry and workable, you can plant garden peas and sweet peas outside at the end of February.


GARDENING Q&A Q: Are there flowers I should be careful with in my garden? A: Please be aware that some flowering plants should not be eaten by humans, pets or livestock. These include morning glory, foxglove and sweet pea flower plant. TIP: Plant your non-edible flowers in a container to keep them out of reach and reduce the possibility of natural re-seeding.


Start getting your gardening supplies together! Pick out the seeds you want to grow, get your compost ready for the garden or buy compost and soil as needed. You can even get your soil tested from your local OSU Master Gardener.