February Gardening Tips for the Northeast
Are you looking for a solution to getting rid of those pesky spider mites?
The weather in the Northeast Region of the U.S. has been freezing cold and filled with snow. The days, however, are growing longer. With longer days comes the promise of spring. Yes, spring is coming. Use this month to prepare your garden for spring and much more.
February Gardening Tips
- The Importance of Winter Pruning: A word about pruning in February. During the winter, trees and plants go into a state of dormancy making this time of year the perfect time to prune. It is important to make sure that you do not prune any spring-flowering shrubs or trees until after they have bloomed.
Fruit and Vegetable Tips
- If your green thumb is itching or you are looking to get a head start on your spring planting, consider starting some seedlings indoors this month. According to Organic Gardening, you can plant some lettuce, leafy greens, onions, and leeks indoors. Note that the lettuces and leafy greens will require sufficient lighting.
- Go ahead and prune your fruit trees and raspberry canes this month.
- Consider creating an edible window box full of cherry tomatoes, lettuce, kale, basil, and other herbs.
Perennial and Annual Tips
- Start seeding the following perennials indoors: delphinium, carnation, and armeria.
- Start seeding the following annuals indoors: marigolds, impatient, pansies, and snapdragons.
General Gardening Tips
- Order your seeds for your spring garden this month. For help with this, please see, What You Need to Know About Buying Seeds.
- This is the month to dream about what you want your spring garden to be like. Spend the time dreaming and planning your garden. Read Think Spring – How to Start Preparing Your Garden.
- The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers a great solution to spider mites. Mix together 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of buttermilk and a gallon of cool water. Use it as a mist and spray under the leaves of your house plants.
Keep thinking spring this month because it is right around the corner. By using these gardening tips from landscaping tips to general gardening tips in the Northeast Region of the U.S., you will be well on your way to preparing for spring.
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