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Gardening Gone Herbs! – February 2024

Gardening Gone Herbs! – February 2024

February is a most interesting month!  I have one foot in winter and one foot in spring!

Getting ahead of myself, I purchased an assortment of lovely red, yellow, and white onion bulbs from Halls Feed and Seed. Then, using Huw Richards’ technique to get a good crop I planted them indoors in propagation trays. As the garden soil becomes workable, out they go, interplanted as companion plants. Also four different sweet potato cultivars are planted. They are now in a sunny window to start the growth of slips, which will not be needed until the very beginning of May.  Yes, I am ahead of myself!!

February is the time to assure ourselves that we have enough viable seeds for a good harvest.  Garden plans are to be sketched, refined, and corrected.  We know where and what to plant, depending on which perennials survived our winter.

My seed propagation trays are ready, and I have improved my propagation tray mix with a little vermiculite and worm castings.  Parsley tolerates the cold better and is on schedule to be planted. My indoor lettuce harvest will have to be increased to make room for the new trays.

Outside, we can check the depth of mulch around our plants.  If temperatures are rising, deep mulch is not required and could be harmful for emerging perennials.  Check your perennials to see if they are frost-heaved and if they need to be pushed back into the ground and covered with more soil.  Bone meal or lime can be added to appropriate beds at the end of this month. Healthy chives can be divided and replanted when they begin with new growth. Woody herbs are to be trimmed when they show new growth, that will probably be in March. If you have compost, then this is the time to spread some on the beds and areas that you will plant next month. 

When the weather permits, garden beds can be cleaned and tidied up, leaving a small area unkempt for a time for our native birds to hide and forage in. Happy planning!

Reni Erskine

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