Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

February, 2011
Regional Report

Check Stored Produce

Check stored fruits and vegetables including potatoes and apples for bad spots which can lead to decay. Remove and use those that show signs of spoiling. Separate others into slotted trays or bins to increase air circulation and reduce the possibility of decay.

Give Houseplants Some TLC

If you give your houseplants a quarter turn each time the're watered, they won't lean towards the light. Prune them regularly to keep them shapely and pinch them back to promote new growth so they'll fill out nicely.

Start Seeds Indoors

Late this month and early next are good times to start seeds of summer annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables indoors. Use a sterilized potting soil or seed starting mix to start the seeds and choose a warm, bright spot in which to grow them.

Prepare Garden Beds

Weather permitting, February is the month to begin tilling or spading the soil. Don't begin this project until the soil is dry enough to work. One of the best ways to test the soil is to simply take a handful of earth and squeeze it in your hand. If water oozes out, the soil is still too wet to till. Compost, well rotted manure, or other organic matter are excellent soil additives. Mix them into the soil as you prepare it for planting.

Plant Perennial Vegetables

Rhubarb, horseradish, asparagus, and artichokes are among the perennial vegetables you can plant this month. Plant them along the perimeter of the vegetable garden so they are not in the way as you till or spade each season.


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