February is a month in which in cold areas it will still be somewhat inactive but in warm areas of the south and the Spanish east we begin to ” start the machinery ” of many crops. Let’s see what we can do in this month, since the next one will start the frenzy.
WEATHER IN FEBRUARY
February is that month in which we can find precious days of light, but it is not uncommon for it to be the minimum of the year. It sounds as crazy as it sounds but it is. Although the cold month is usually January or December, February can give us the lowest record of the whole year due mainly to the dreaded cold waves that come from polar currents. It is usually a dry month, waiting for the March rains (although I know that we have had snowfalls at heights of 800m in the north of the peninsula these past days). Even so, at some point in the month we can feel that first ray of sun that really warms you, you feel it and it is when that chip in your head that tells you that the darkness of winter is not forever, that good weather goes on to return and there is less and less. You also notice that feeling in the garden.
WE STARTED TO CHIME
The garden in February in warm areas, it can be a month to start picking from seedbed to pot, of many already germinated plants to strengthen the root, in order to achieve a successful transplant. These knocks should still be covered. We remember that February can be a bit unstable month with this of the temperatures.
Better not take risks. In warm areas, if you germinated lettuce in the seedbed and you see some of the plants with enough size and strength to stay in the garden (6cm and more than 4 leaves) you can try it.
Peaked. Source: fundacionmima.org
The ringing is an operation that must be carried out with great patience and great care. We are dealing with newly germinated plants that have little root or strength for severe physical stress. They can be even smaller than the ones in the photo.
IT’S TIME TO SOW AND / OR TRANSPLANT IN THE GARDEN IN FEBRUARY
If you were attentive to the garden in January , we recommend that you do staggered plantings in a protected seedbed so that February we can continue sowing every 10-15 days in the same way to have staggered harvests in the future.
We can start sowing, always in a protected seedbed, the first tomatoes , peppers and aubergines . As the name suggests (Solanaceae) they only want sun so it is still early for these vegetables.
In hot areas we can try protected sowing or transplantation towards the end of this month, but it is usually more common in March-April.
Particularly this is one of my h favorite egetables . I still don’t understand how people cut and dump much of the green area that is not whitewashed. It has a ton of flavor! Well, February is the month to start sowing this wonder.
At the moment, except in hot areas, direct sowing is not highly recommended. Better covered.
After this you will think: -Everything is in the nursery! -. Yes, that’s right, almost everything must be in the seedbed. Remember the paragraph you read about the weather this month. In any case, there are still crops with which you can do direct sowing: Carrots ! Don’t ever forget about them!
Turnips, radishes (all year round), or red beets are options to consider for direct sowing on these dates. If you live in the south, you can start doing the first potato planting . The same in January you already planted some but until March you have time to sow the tuber.
If you did your homework back in the fall of dividing bushes or reproducing it by stolons, you will be able to make the most anticipated transplant. Perhaps it is because of the delicious and colorful fruit it gives us. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like strawberry. Do you? Strawberries can be transplanted with leeks or garlic as an associated crop. They get along very well and even better if it is padded.
Strawberry stolons. Source: naturaeduca.com
AFTER ALL THE HARD WORK OF PLANTING, WHAT DO I HARVEST?
It all depends on what you had planted back in the fall, but the orchard in February is still a bit bland when it comes to pickups. We still do not have the most appetizing fruits but we do have very nutritious and varied products even if it seems like not.
We continue to collect brassicas. We already talked extensively about them and their properties in the January post . If you decided to make them part of your garden, right now you will be picking up nutritious cabbages, collards, broccoli and cauliflowers .
If you planted beans , chard, spinach or peas you will still be reaping results. You may still have lettuce . If you plan it well, you can have lettuce all year round, depending on the different varieties. The same thing happens with radishes and radishes that we have already mentioned that can be sown and harvested all year round.
All this is designed for warm-temperate areas of the country. Possibly for cold areas, sowing should be delayed from 15 days to a month. And in very hot areas, overtake it.
What was said. In the orchard in February, things to do, there are quite a few. But be prepared for what’s coming in the next few months because it’s going to be crazy. Entertaining and fruitful madness. You will see.
Here we leave you an interesting link:
See you next month!