Is anyone else feeling that itch to get outside and start prepping the edible garden for spring? February signals the seed-starting effort around the PNW, so let's get going!
January and February are the ideal months to start planning and prepping your garden for a lovely spring and summer harvest. Around this time of year, you should be planning what plants you want to grow and where you are going to put them. Now is also a good time to purchase seeds! There are many interesting and unique varieties out there, especially from online seed companies. You can also find a good selection of fruit trees and shrubs in nurseries and online right now. It is best to plant those as soon as you receive them, while still dormant.
Once you have your seeds in hand, you can start them inside. It is a personal choice whether or not to use a growing light. For hardy plants, it is less-necessary to use a growing light but there are some plants like tomatoes and sweet peppers that thrive in lots of heat and light. Plants such as asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cabbage and kale can be started indoors now to plant outside in late March/early April. Onions, salad greens, herbs and peas can also be started outside now, but should be kept under a plastic cover to keep the soil warm during germination.
For a beautiful season of cane fruits, you can find blackberries and raspberries for sale now, too!
What are you doing this February to prepare your edible garden?