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What to Plant for the Garden in February

by on February 1, 2012

UrbanFig: Tomatoes & Basil

Get a jump on spring by starting tomatoes & herbs from seed now indoors.

February is an exciting month for gardeners because it is a great time to get seeds started for your spring garden. Though it is too cold outside to plant for most of us, starting seeds indoors is a great way to fight off the winter blues.

Here are our top urban garden items to plant in February:

  1. Tomatoes
    You probably shouldn’t start them until mid-February unless you are in a warmer climate, but I mention them first because tomatoes are my favorite garden plant in the world and I’m just that excited about getting to start them.
  2. Broccoli
    If you’re in a warmer zone, get broccoli in the ground now and you’ll have a great harvest before the heat of late spring takes hold. We recommend: Di Cicco Organic Heirloom broccoli seed.
  3. Herbs
    Select your favorite herbs and start them indoors now. You’ll have a lush and delicious herb garden ready to go into your urban garden beds or containers as soon as the danger of frost has passed.
  4. Lettuce
    Lettuce thrives in cooler weather, so go ahead and plant your favorites now in warmer areas. In colder climates, use cold frames.
  5. Peppers
    6-8 weeks before your last frost date start a few varieties of peppers. Hot, sweet or some combination of the two. You can’t go wrong!

You should also:

  • Finalize your spring garden wish list and order any seeds that you don’t have yet.
  • Take a look at your mulch and replace or refresh as needed.
  • Take advantage of your last chance to plant bare root (dormant) shrubs and fruit trees.

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