February Gardening Check List

February is a bleak and frigid month here in the midwest. Not much is growing at this time of year, but it’s about time to start seeds indoors. The smell of fresh soil and tiny green shoots give me hope that spring is on the way! Caring for indoor seedlings is the main task on my February garden to-do list, but it also contains a few other items as well. Let’s take a look at whats on my February Gardening Check List!

I am sharing monthly garden to-do lists here on the blog for two reasons: for my future self to refer back to and for fellow gardeners to see the types of things I’m doing each month to stay on top of the garden. Go back and check out my Gardening To-Do List | January to see what I was up to last month.

Here’s what I’m planning to do for the garden this month:

  • Purchase seed starting soil
  • Create a seed starting area
  • Start peppers and tomatoes indoors
  • Begin planning how may of each plant we’d like to have

February Gardening Check List

Purchase Seed Starting Soil

Soil is an essential part of getting seeds going indoors, so I’ll be purchasing a few bags. We had some trouble with the first bag of soil we purchased last year, so we had to restart everything in new soil a few weeks late. I hope we’ll have a better experience this year!

Create a Seed Starting Area

This is something that needs a major revamp from our system used in the previous years. For 3 years now, we’ve just placed the seed starts in a makeshift area in our bedroom. With a crawler and toddler running the house, this will not do this year!

Step one is deciding where the new seed starting are can be.

Step two is setting it up with heating mats, hanging grow mats, and filling trays with nutritious soil.

Start peppers and tomatoes indoors

Pepper and tomatoes are high priority when it comes to starting seedings indoors. Where I live, here in Missouri, planting these seeds directly outdoors just doesn’t allow them enough time to grow and produce before fall. Mid-February is the best time to get these seeds going inside.

Begin planning how may of each plant we’d like to have

This step should take place before I start my tomatoes and peppers indoors because it’ll determine how many seeds to plant. There are methods for predicting how much a plant should produce and how much you’d like to have for the amount of people in your home. I plan to look up some of these sources so I can better plan the amount we need.

I always aim to plant more than necessary just in case a portion of them do not grow.

Tasks such as the ones mentioned above, though they seem small and mundane, are what kick-start my excitement for the coming garden. Dreaming as I flip through seed catalogues, preparing my supplies for future plants, and anticipating what this year will hold for my garden. Spring will be here before we know it!

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