With February often the
rainiest month of the year in Southern California, gardeners need to plan
around rain days to prune and plant in their garden. Doing so, will give
gardens a head start on spring.
Plant Summer Bulbs: Summer bulbs are now ready to plant. Bulbs that
don't require a chilling process, such as Dutch iris, lilies, gladiolus and begonia,
can be found at your local nursery. If you have been chilling bulbs in your
refrigerator, pull them out and plant them. These include tulips, crocus,
gladiolus, calla lily, caladium, amaryllis, daffodils and delphiniums. Since
gladiolus have such a short flowering cycle, consider planting your bulbs in
stages so your summer garden will always have gladiolus in bloom.
Stop Weeds Before They
Take Hold: One
good rain is all it takes for weeds to grow. Remove them by hand or with a hoe before they get too big and go to
seed. Add a two to three inch layer of mulch over the weeded area to prevent
the weeds from returning.
Add Color: There is no reason why your
garden can be just a colorful in winter as it is in summer. Fill in garden bare spots with flowering plants such
as pansies, violas, snapdragons, calendulas and primroses. They all provide
good winter and spring blooms.
Keep potted plants well
watered: Unless rain is consistent, outdoor
potted plants need to be watered even in winter. The winter sun and Santa Ana
winds can dry the soil. Keep an eye on indoor plants too. They can quickly dry
out, especially when heaters are used or a fireplace is close by.
Plant An Herb Garden: Spice up meals with freshly
grown herbs from the garden. Herbs that can be planted in February include chives,
cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley.
Continue to Harvest
Cool-Season Crops: Cool season gardens with peas, onions, beets, asparagus, lettuces, broccoli,
tomatoes and spinach should be producing vegetables by now. To encourage more
production, pick vegetables daily. You still have time to plant even more of
these plants so to enjoy vegetables well into spring.
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