February is great time to be in the garden


By Audrey Gillespie,
Special to the Reporter-News
5:00 p.m. CT Feb. 11, 2018

February is a great month for gardeners. Buds are swelling in anticipation of spring weather. Cold weather is no deterrent for excited gardeners getting ready, either. Here are some tips to help.

This month, you will want to try to finish any dormant-plant pruning that you didn’t get done in January. The same applies to planting perennials, shrubs and trees. If you still have any bare-root plants, it is critical to get them into the ground.

You still have time to plant seeds for carrots, radishes, beets and turnips. Get your salad garden going with seeds for lettuce, spinach and more. For cabbage, broccoli, kale, collards and kohlrabi, use transplants.

Toward the end of the month, or early in March, you can plant potatoes. Cut seed potatoes so that each piece has a bud. Allow to dry for a few days. Dust with sulfur for protection against disease. Dig a trench eight to 10 inches deep and set the pieces one foot apart. Cover with soil. Continue to fill in the trench with soil as the plants grow, until the trench is level with the surrounding soil. You can plan to harvest mature potatoes in three-four months, or earlier for delicious new potatoes.

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