February On the Homestead

February is only as long as is needed to mass the time until March.
J.R. Stockton
February is a busy month around the Homestead. There is so much to do even if the temperatures are still cold It is a good time to start prepping your garden beds. Build and fill new beds with our Thunder Garden Soil Mix, or revitalize existing beds with 2-3 inches of our Double Thunder Soil, Cow Compost, or Turkey Manure.  You can also add an organic supplement such as Rabbit Farms Minerals Plus or Rabbit Hill Farms Humate.

Whether your bed is new or established, give your plants a boost with Geo Growers Home Brewed Compost Tea and an Archaea  supplement to boost the microbial health of your soil.

Despite the unusually warm weather so far, it is best to resist the temptation to zealously fertilize your lawn. It is best to apply Corn Gluten Meal or a light topping of Geo Grower’s Turf Topper Soil to your Bermuda grass, but avoid the Corn Gluten Meal on your St. Augustine and stick with a light topping of Geo Grower’s Turf Topper Soil. Too much nitrogen in February is not the best thing for the lawn.

Continue to protect tender plants before a freeze.

February also means  it’s time to prune. Start during the middle of February,by  shaping your rose bushes and give them some care  in the form of Turkey Compost or fertilizer.

Prune fruit trees if needed and make sure to paint/seal the prune sites.

Shear hedges to shape. Shear hardy herbs as needed. Oregano, Rosemary, Savory, and Thyme will especially benefit from a late-winter makeover. Cut woody perennials such down to 12” segments. When new growth appears at the base, cut the old stems nearly to the ground to eliminate unsightly dead sticks.

Seeds to Plant this Month:

Vegetables:
Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Parsnip, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Seed Potatoes, Shallots, Spinach, Turnips.

It is time to start your Tomatoes and Peppers  seeds indoors.

Herbs:
Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Parsley.

Flowers:
Coreopsis, Cosmos, Nasturtium, Sweet Peas.

Plants to Plant this Month:
Vegetables:
Artichokes, Asparagus, Asian Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onion Sets, Seed Potatoes, Shallot Bulbs, Spinach.

Fruit:
Blackberries, Dewberries, Grapes, Figs, Pears, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Strawberries.

Herbs:
All hardy perennial herbs, such as chives, oregano, and thyme; and cool-season annuals or biennials such as dill, fennel, and parsley.

Flowers:
African Daisy, Alyssum,  Delphinium, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, English Daisy, Larkspur, Lobelia, Petunias, Poppies, Snapdragons, Black Foot Daisy, Four Nerve Daisy, Turk’s Cap, Yarrow.