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The February Garden

The February Garden Zone 9

Our average last frost date is Feb. 15th. Now, that doesn’t mean that we’ll be rushing out and planting all our seeds on Feb. 16th. As exciting as that sounds it just isn’t prudent. The soil is still too cool for most seeds to germinate and most of our early spring crops are already planted. Also, we might just have a freak freeze in early March like we did last year. So, instead of jumping the gun, I’m going to enjoy what I already have for a few more weeks…

daffodils blooming

These daffodils and Christmas catus make me smile everytime I drive up my driveway.

Easter Lilly poking through soil

The Easter Lillies are now peaking through the mulch.

small fig tree budding out

The fig tree is budding out.

blueberry bushes buds

The blueberry bushes are full of buds. I need to figure out how to prune them this year.

mature kale plants

This Kale was planted 16 months ago. It’s survived day after day of over 100 degree weather and a winter with temps that dipped into the 20’s. Kale is a super star in my opinion.

kale and swiss chard plants

Our newly planted kale and Swiss Chard. I love the way chard looks in the garden.

lettuce bed

Some of the lettuce is starting to bolt. We’re leaving it for the bees. But most of it is wonderful. I have black seeded lettuce, romaine and bib.

cabbage and broccoli bed

We only have a couple  more head of cabbage left. Next year I need to plant more than 9 plants. The broccoli is doing amazing.

cauliflower and broccoli growing

The cauliflower is now forming heads. These are the plants I transplanted months ago.

onion seedlings

These onion seedlings are an experiment. I was supposed to plant them in November, I planted them in January.

growing garlic

The garlic has overwintered really well. I know it needs to be weeded – that’s not my strong point.


These purple wildflowers have popped up all over our yard. I’m not sure what they are but they are a groundcover.

small greenhouse with seedlings

The greenhouse if full of 250 seed starts! Carl had to tie down the greenhouse and it’s not really made for withstanding 20 mph winds.

What’s going on in your garden this month?

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Tuesday 25th of February 2014

Angi, the little purple flowers are henbit. :-) It's the first thing to bloom here in Oklahoma and I love seeing patches of them in my yard. I'm amazed that you have so much in your garden already/still! Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

Angi Schneider

Friday 28th of February 2014

oh, that's good to know. Thanks so much for the name. Everything in my garden right now is stuff I planted in October. We'll start putting in our spring/summer garden in a few weeks.


Monday 17th of February 2014

Lovely garden! We finally got ours chicken/duck proofed so now I have my seedlings out. I, too, love rainbow chard in the garden, it's so pretty! (and tasty)

Angi Schneider

Tuesday 18th of February 2014

yay! We really need to fence ours off so we can let the chickens run loose when we're not out there.


Monday 17th of February 2014

We are in the same zone...I love that we get such an early start! Potatoes going down soon here :)

Angi Schneider

Tuesday 18th of February 2014

Yes,it is so nice. We'll be putting in potatoes this weekend.

Renee @ FIMBY

Saturday 15th of February 2014

Ou r yard is covered with feet of snow and ice. No gardening in our area till late May :) and that kale looks like something from outer space. Wow,

Angi Schneider

Saturday 15th of February 2014

lol....I know, the kale is crazy. I'm waiting for it to seed so I can collect the seeds!


Thursday 13th of February 2014

Our planting date is Mother's Day.... long wait ahead of us! I have an indoor garden which has succumbed to an assortment of fairly bad bug/insect problems. Interestingly, sorrel which is a perennial here, and which I dug and brought inside, isn't bothered by bugs (knock wood!) But I've been harvesting sorrel, kale, collards, and sweet potato leaves for my morning green smoothies from my indoor pots. Wonderful!

Angi Schneider

Friday 14th of February 2014

That's so cool that you have an indoor garden! I'm hoping to grow some greens inside this summer when it's too hot for them outside. Are you using grow lights? or just the natural lighting in your home?