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Seeds To Start In February

Seeds To Start In February Although it’s still cold outside and the days are still short, there are many seeds to start in February indoors. The early start means that seedlings do some essential early development, and when they are transplanted outdoors in the spring, they’ve had a head start. This is especially important for perennial flowers and woody herbs that take longer to reach maturity. These recommendations are for the BC Lower Mainland, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, and coastal WA & OR. If you live outside this area, please have a look at our other Regional Planting Charts here. Click on the links below for full planting instructions. AgastacheAlyssumArtichokesAsclepiasAsparagusBergamotCatnipChrysanthemumChivesColumbineCosmosDelphiniumEchinaceaFlorence fennelGaillardiaHollyhockIberisLavenderLeeksLemon BalmLupins MarigoldsMarjoramMintNemophilaNicotianaNigellaOnionsOreganoPac ChoiParsleyPhysalisRosemaryRudbeckiaSageSweet PeasThymeTithoniaVerbenaVeronicaViola Some seeds benefit from the cold of February and March, and do better if direct sown at this time of year. Now is the perfect time to direct sow the following outdoors... Ammi False Queen Anne’s Lace or Bishop’s Weed are common names for this attractive, naturalistic looking annual flower. Ammi grows stiffly upright stems topped by umbelliferous flowers that are attractive to pollinators and predatory insects. Flower heads can reach 15cm (6″) across, and are lovely in flower arrangements. Click here to find out how to Grow Ammi from seeds. Broad Beans Broad beans are a member of the pea family, and are one of the oldest known cultivated plants. Broad bean seeds are very hardy and can be planted in cold soil, no problem. Because they are legumes, they will start to fix nitrogen in the soil as they grow. An early crop of broad beans can really benefit leafy crops planted later in the same bed. Click here to learn How to Grow Broad Beans. Cynoglossum This annual flower is known as Chinese Forget-Me-Nots or Hound’s Tongue and is native to the Himalayas. Direct sow mid-winter (February on the coast) or start indoors late February to mid-March. Start 6-8 weeks before planting out. Direct sow again in autumn. Cynoglossum is a magnet for bees. Poppies Annual and perennial flowering plants that have striking similarities, but a surprising range of colours and growth habits. It is easy to grow poppies from seeds. Poppies grow and then self-sow with abandon, without becoming weedy. Simply pull up unwanted plants (an easy task) before they bloom, or better yet, let them grow where they want to grow. They will thrive for years at a time in surprising spots, like a crack in the driveway. Soon it will be time to direct sow pea seeds and sweet pea seeds as well. The number one secret to success when starting seeds indoors is to provide adequate light. As soon as seeds germinate, they should be put under intense, full spectrum lights. These days there are many economical lighting options for gardeners who want to start seeds indoors. Also, use sterilized seedling soil if you’re planting seeds indoors. It is designed to moderate moisture – not too much, not too little.

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Use Sun Exposure To Plan Your Garden

Even if you have never gardened or grown anything before, you can grow food in a home garden. But if you are very new to growing then you should first consider your growing zone and the sun exposure in your growing area. Know your plant hardiness zone The USDA publishes a map with growing zones. ... Read More about Use Sun Exposure To Plan Your Garden

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20 Perennial Fruits & Veggies To Plant Once & Harvest Year After Year

Growing vegetables and fruits in the home garden is rewarding, but many people are put off by the backbreaking work involved at the start of the growing season. Perennial edibles are the answer to this

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21 Best Container Gardening Vegetables and Pot Friendly Fruits

If you want to find the best container gardening vegetables to grow in your new garden, then check out our list of the top 21 vegetables for pots and tubs.

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Growing Cilantro: The Cut & Come Again Method | PreparednessMama

If you're growing cilantro, the main thing to ask yourself is if you're doing it right. Check out this great method to get the best results.

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Growing Blueberries? Avoid these Beginner Mistakes

Growing Blueberries this year? It's easier than you think. Avoid these 4 beginner mistakes and you'll be on your way to a bountiful crop!

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Lots of great ideas for seed starting

It’s about that time. Time to get seeds started for spring gardening. Over at the blog Dory Fitz there is a great collection of seed starting tips and tutorials. Most of the ideas feature rec…

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What seedlings to plant in January

What seedlings can you start in January? This post is focused primary on those who live in Zones 5 & 6. With a little creativity you can start these plants.

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Why You Should Use White Vinegar In Your Garden | Slick Garden

We all love vinegar in our kitchen but after reading this post, you will also love vinegar in your garden. White vinegar is like a…

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Milk Jug Greenhouses to Start a Garden Now - Welcoming Simplicity

Start your garden early with milk jug greenhouses. These containers are easy to make by following the step by step directions provided.

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