February To-Do List

Everything that needs to be done in the garden this month.


Your February to-do list for zone 9February To-Do List for Zone 9

  • Build the soil! During dry spells, dig in composted manure and garden waste; turn under cover crops, such as annual rye, vetch, and clover.
  • Start seeds of indispensable summer veggies—tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants—indoors under lights.
  • Also indoors, start seeds of flowers that are slow to develop, such as lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), wax begonias, petunias, and geraniums.
  • Plant perennials, bareroot roses, trees, shrubs, and vines. (Next month could be too hot!)
  • Direct-seed radishes, spinach, carrots, peas, onions, and cabbage family vegetables.
  • Continue to plant Iceland poppies (Papaver nudicaule), calendulas (Calendula officinalis), foxglove, and primroses in flowerbeds.
  • Plant dahlia bulbs and begonia tubers.