Florida Gardening in February

February gardening:

This month seemed like the month when I felt my plants started thriving again after experiencing Hurricane Irma and two cold frosts. I have begun to see budding new leaves, fruits and flowers. My plants are growing and happy!

We’re in the heart of the dry season, so watering is a priority for my gardens. I’ve also been cleaning up frost damage, weeding and planting warmer crops in my raised beds because we’ve had some record high temperatures recently.

This month I executed phase one for an elementary school garden. This was an unique learning experience and helped me to discover many new native Florida plants. I purchased a healthy amount of butterfly plants, herbs and veggies to include in the project. I then put my new propagating skills to use in hopes to include some of these new plants into my own garden.

One thing to remember this month: don’t prune too early. Sometimes it’s best to just let the plants move in their natural way. The dead growth can be a blanket of protection for some plants. Removing this blanket too early can cause new growth to bud and if the temperatures drop, it could damage the plant.

What’s flowering:

It feels like spring with the warmer temperatures and all the flowers blooming, including:

  • Jamaician strawberry tree
  • bird of paradise
  • milkweed
  • lantana
  • pentas

What to plant in the vegetable garden:

  • arugula
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • fava beans
  • lettuce
  • onions
  • peas
  • potatoes

Herbs:

  • hyssop
  • burnet
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • garlic
  • lemon balm
  • marjoram
  • oregano
  • sage
  • thyme

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Khalil Gibran

Resources:

Garden help: http://www.jacksonville.com/entertainment/home-and-garden/2015-01-30/story/garden-help-what-do-your-florida-garden-february

 

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