Seasonal Gardening: February



With the ground covered in snow and winter temperatures perhaps hitting some seasonal lows, February is actually the perfect time to begin some hands-on garden preparation. Key seasonal indicators, garden tasks, and seed starting suggestions are listed here with more information at the link below. 

Seasonal Indicators

  • Days noticeably longer with about ten hours and twenty minutes of light
  • Nice views of the constellation Orion at nightfall
  • Perhaps the coldest and snowiest conditions of the year
  • Look for winter bird migrants such as snow goose, tundra swan; redhead, canvasback, common goldeneye, and bufflehead ducks; snow bunting, tree sparrow, and dark-eyed junco; snowy owl
  • Wildlife tracks in snow
  • Dropped deer antlers and deer browse on woody plants

Garden Tasks 

  • Get growing area and containers set up
  • Purchase or exchange any additional seeds you may want
  • If you’re into planning, draw out your garden beds so you know how many seeds to start

Seeds to Start Indoors

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Savory
  • Bulb onions and shallots


Seeds to Stratify

  • Echinacea 
  • Common Milkweed
  • Apple
  • Lavender


Seasonal Gardening: February
Seasonal Indicators
Garden Tasks
Early Seed Starts