February Garden Checklist for the Bay Area
While it is still Winter, here in the Bay Area there is still plenty to to do in our gardens to keep them looking fabulous! Lets talk about best things you can do to maintain your garden, as well as several projects you can choose to do.
First, we'll look at the things you can do to maintain your current garden, so it can keep in tip-top shape for the upcoming Spring.
- Care for your woody shrubs. This time of year is best to prune back your shrubs (of have us do it for you!) so that it will grow back lush and healthy in the Spring and Summer.
- Time to prune your roses. Most shrub-like rose bushes just need to be trimmed for shape, but tea roses will re-grow best if cut back by a third. Don't forget to fertilize after pruning your roses!
- Watch out for the creepy-crawlies. Snails and slugs really like to start to get out into gardens by now, and can do damage to your plants.
How About Some Projects?
Yes, our weather is pretty mild, but who says everyone wants to spend time outdoors in our level of cold? Lucky for us, there are some garden projects that start inside at this time of year.
- Time to grow those seedlings! Interested in tomatoes this summer? Then taking seeds and growing seedlings indoors (they aren't fans of the cold either, so you're not alone) is the thing to do. A couple varieties that grow well in the Bay:
- City-bound? Try Early Girl or Juliet varieties.
- North Bay? Try the Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye or Haley's Purple Comet varieties.
- How about some East Bay love? Try Costoluto Genovese or Bloody Butcher varieties
- And of course let's not forget the South Bay! Try Spudakee or New Girl varieties.
- Looking for something other than tomatoes? You're in luck - try sprouting seedlings for broccoli, cucumber, onions, peas, basil, and peppers during February.
But What if You Want to Garden Outdoors?
Then now is an especially great time to plant cool season annuals - Some beautiful flowering plants for your garden. During February, a couple great plants to get in the ground are violas, Iceland poppies, snapdragons, and pansies. Gorgeous!
We hope you like these tips, and we are always happy to answer questions. Happy Planting!