What Should I Be Planting In February and Early March?


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Get your garden planning started. In some warmer locations you can begin sowing your vegetable seeds outdoors. For cooler areas, February is a great time to get your tomatoes and peppers started indoors! Start drawing out your garden for all the vegetables you want to grow. In late February there are several cool weather vegetables you can directly sow out in the garden.

Broccoli 
If you live in a warmer climate and can find a quick growing Broccoli variety you can harvest until it bolts in the hot summer sun! 
Suggested variety: Calabrese

Herbs:
Plant heat loving herbs like basil, oregano, thyme and sage. By starting your seeds indoors you can have garden ready transplants ready to go this spring.
Suggested varieties: Italian BasilGreek OreganoDill

Lettuce 
Start a crop of salad mix greens that gets bright sun but not all day. Great for spring crops until the lettuce begins to bolt in the summer sun.
Suggested Varieties: ButtercrunchMesclun MixBlack Seeded Simpson

Onions
Get those onion seeds growing. Be careful to select an onion variety appropriate for your garden zone. Northern areas should plant long day onions. Southern regions should plant short day onions. Getting onions started in February is a great idea since they take so long to mature.
Suggest variety: Sweet White WallaRed CreolYellow Spanish

Peppers
Fresh, crisp peppers are a garden favorite. Peppers take up little space and can produce high yields when planted close together. Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come small, big, hot, mild, and an array of different colors. Start seeds indoors for best results. Start seeds 6-8 weeks before your last freeze date.
Suggested variety: California WonderEarly JalapenoSweet BananaSuper Chili

Tomatoes
The most popular garden vegetable. Growing tomatoes is not only fun but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites! Start seeds indoors and 6-8 weeks before your last freeze date for best results.
Suggested variety: BrandywineCherokee PurpleRomaSweetieHeirloom Blend

Flowers
Many annual and perennial flowers should be started inside to give them the best chance. Many flowers take a few months to transplant ready. Starting your flower seeds now will give the a head start this spring.

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