There is a lot happening in the garden for February!
Let’s start with Planning & Prep. It’s still early enough to start planning out your garden this year. We have seed catalogs and lots of books to help you get the right information & get prepared. If you are ready to go, you can Start Seeds Indoors to get an early start in the garden! We have plenty of seed starting supplies coming in, some available online, and much more in store. We have bare root fruit trees in our outdoor nursery, ready to be planted while supplies last. We will be expecting bare root fruit later in the month like asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, and more.
Consider planting an herb bed. Fresh herbs can be harvested throughout the growing season, and some perennials will come back again and again. Check out more info on Growing Healthy Herbs! Late February is generally a good time to start Planting Peas. We have lots of seed packet varieties, and some available in bulk, as well as inoculant, trellising systems, and all you need to get started!
Late winter is a great time for pruning trees and shrubs. Wait for a dry, mild day for best results. The bare branches show you a great visual of where to prune, and when trees are dormant they are less likely to lose a lot of sap from pruning. Pruning allows you to target dead, diseased, or broken branches. The dormant season is a great time to prune raspberries as well. For more info, our friends at the OSU Extension Service have put together some great pruning information.
Early spring pollinators are crucial, and you can support them by avoiding pesticides and planting pollinator friendly plants. If you can, consider adding some mason bees to your yard! These bees are solitary, non-agressive, and really sweet to watch. We have plenty of bee houses that you can set up in your yard, and we will carry mason bee cocoons mid-February!