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February Garden Printable Checklist

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The beginning of February is a great time to start thinking about your garden and what you want to do in it this year. There are many tasks that need to be done in order for your garden to be ready for spring which is just around the corner. Let’s go over a checklist of things you can do in February to get your garden ready for the warmer months ahead and grab the free printable at the end.

February garden checklist free printable
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Why February is an Important Garden Month

While February might still seem like the dead of winter, and for some of you it definitely is, there’s still much to be done to begin preparing for the spring garden. For most of the country in zones above 8b, February is still a bit too cool to start planting due to nights with below freezing temps, but this is when all of the planning begins!

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For those in the warmer zones above 8b, you’ve more than likely already started seeds, planted cooler spring crops, and have your seeds ordered and ready to go. If this is you, then be sure to check out my January checklist since your growing season begins earlier and lasts longer.

Let’s find out exactly what you’ll want to get done in the month of February in your home vegetable garden.

Garden Chores to Get Done in February

Are you ready to start planting, gardener? I know I am always chomping at the bit as soon as we get a peek at warm weather which we usually get a day or two of in February. But don’t move too quickly, as we know that weather always gives us some surprises.

Here are some February gardening tasks that should be on your radar:

  • Determine your growing zone – This will help you in knowing which plants to start now and which can wait until later in the spring. A planting calendar like this one from The Old Farmer’s Almanac can help you out with this. And you can also use my free printable seed starting planner to keep track of when you’ve started seeds.
  • Clean out old debris– Any leftover plants from the winter season that are no longer producing should be cut off at the stem or taken out by the roots. This helps you clear space to add fresh compost!
  • Have your soil tested– If you didn’t have this done in January, go ahead and send it in this month. Knowing what the levels of phosphorus and potassium are in the soil is important as well as ph levels. This also plays into how you’ll amend your soil which is next on the list. (See my full post on How and Why to Get a Soil Test.)
  • Prepare the soil for planting – This includes adding organic matter and fertilizer as well as working in any amendments you might need. Use the results from your soil test to know exactly what to add. Use that homemade compost to get your soil ready for planting.
  • Plan your spring garden – Decide what you want to plant and where, drawing out a plan if desired. My Kitchen Garden Planner (in print) or Complete Garden Planner (pdf) are both helpful for planning out all aspects of your garden. If you go in with a plan of what you’ll grow and where, you’ll save money on plants and seeds and save time when it comes to planting.
  • Set up irrigation – Consistent watering is crucial for optimal plant growth, and I’ve tried to go without an irrigation system in the past, and the beds that have a system in place always grow larger and better harvests. See my post all about watering systems for gardens; there really are systems that fit every budget. My favorite is Gardening Grids from Gardening in Minutes. (Use code KITGART10 to get $10 off your garden grid or raised garden bed purchase of $100 or more.)
  • Order seeds – February is a great time to order seeds, as many catalogs start sending their spring seed varieties in February. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite organic and heirloom seed companies on the blog that you can check out here.
  • Start seed indoors – If you want an earlier harvest or are short on space, starting some plants indoors is a great option. I’ve had a lot of success with starting lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes indoors. Here’s a good quality seed starting tray set as well as expandable coir seed starting mix! Also see my guide for when to start seeds; it includes a video.
  • Check on your compost– If you’ve taken a compost break or haven’t started a pile yet, consider ramping up your compost pile again. It’s great to have on hand for nourishing your garden beds after each season’s harvest. If you’re not sure how to compost, check out my post How to Start Composting.

That’s it for February gardening tasks! Be sure to Pin this post so you can come back to it later. What are you excited to plant in your garden this year? Let me know in the comments below!

To download the printable, simply click on the image below. Also, check out my other monthly garden task sheets.

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