February Garden Tasks – Sacramento

February Garden Tasks – Sacramento

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February Garden Tasks – Sacramento, California Area

This is an exciting month for Gardeners around Sacramento. I suggest you grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and let’s start planning our gardens for this year.  Did you start a log last year? If not, let’s do that to start off the garden year.  If you forgot to order your nursery and plant catalogs for this year, it’s okay. You will have to spend more time on the internet. However, it is always good to look ahead and have those catalogs to use all year. There are several items that I feel are important in developing my plan for my gardens. Since this is the “Planning” month, I hope you will join me in the development stages. It doesn’t matter if you have experienced or just a beginner.

  • Garden Journal. Now, don’t roll your eyes. It is necessary to have to plan and develop your garden and keep notes and track your garden tasks throughout the year. Each garden is unique and individual to every gardener. What I like or do may not be your style or be right for you.  It can be a spiral notebook, a journal, or a loose-leaf notebook. It can have pockets to stick things in, or you can make your own pockets. It just serves to help you organize and keep all your notes and “stuff” together in one place. If you are not a DIYer and don’t like making fancy titles, drawing pictures (although rough sketches are essential), it’s okay. With the age of laptops and computers, many gardeners set up a garden journal on their desktop. There are several sections in your notebook/journal you should consider:
    • Garden: This is the place where you keep your sketches/pictures/rough outline of your beds in one place. Even if it is a container, you need to keep track of your plants. I keep a rough drawing of where the container is and what is in it.
    • List of plants you are growing and where they are located.
      • Where you bought the seed or plant
      • Bloom time
      • Daily, weekly or monthly notes about the plant
      • When you planted the plant/seed, how long it took to germinate, and life cycle
      • What bugs were attracted, and how you handled the problem
      • Picture of different stages.
    • List of plants you would like to try.
    • Expenses and receipts (see, I told you, and the envelope is handy).
    • Miscellaneous notes, did it grow well as a companion plant? Did you have to move it during its growing season?

These are just suggestions. Your journal/diary should reflect the knowledge you want and need, not necessarily what I need for my garden adventure.

TASKS For FEBRUARY

  • If you haven’t already, clean your beds, pots, and containers, make sure they have amended soil, and start planning your plants for this coming season.
  • If you have some all-around beds, you can start your early cool-season crops towards the end of the month.
    • Beets,
    • Carrots,
    • Lettuce,
    • Sugar snap or snow peas,
    • Seed potatoes (small pieces of potatoes including the eye) The pieces should be the size of a small chicken’s egg. Make sure it has at least one eye or sprout. I always wait a couple of days after I make the cuts, so the potato itself has a chance to form a callus on the cut surfaces—plant when soil is 55 degrees warm. Potatoes need loose sandy soil and need full sun. Last year, I grew mine in an old wine barrel (half cut) and had enough for this whole winter.
  • Pick up fallen branches from the wind storms and cut them up for either firewood or to use as props in the garden.

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