February is almost here and gardeners who wish to get a head start on early spring vegetables will want to get out into the garden.
Cold frames and tunnel houses are a must for protecting early spring vegetables and half-hardy annual flowers in cold climates.
Here is what can be done in the early spring garden in February.
February 1 – tap maple trees.
February 5 – start tomatillo seed indoors in flats.
February 9 – start seeds of marigolds, salvia, strawflower and calendula indoors in flats.
February 15 – pre-sprout potatoes indoors and start seeds of artichokes indoors in flats.
February 16 – plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplants indoors in flats.
February 18 – plant ageratum, lobelia, salad burnett and love-in-a-mist indoors in flats.
February 23 – Plant sprouted potatoes under cover in the garden. Onions and cabbages that have been hardened off can be planted under cover as well. If these young plants have not been hardened off, start doing so now.
February 24 – start seeds of larkspur and geranium indoors in flats.
February 25 – plant stocks in the heated greenhouse for June blooms.
February 26 – Indiana gardeners are a mere 12 weeks away from the last spring frost date. Read your seed packets to see what other seeds need started now and remember seeds of cool season crops such as lettuce, peas, kale and spinach can be direct sown under cover directly in the garden.