If you took January off from the garden now’s the time to get moving again. February is a busy month of swapping out the winter vegetable garden. Round one is likely finishing up. You’re harvesting the last of the cabbages and carrots that you planted in the fall. Mid-month you can begin sowing peas. Plant 6 linear feet of peas (which could be broken up in raised beds) every two weeks until the end of March so that you have a staggered harvest. Other gardening activities this month include sowing spring flower seeds and planning the summer vegetable garden. Let’s get to it!
Planting Spring Greens
I eat greens at pretty much every meal. It’s one of the easiest ways to get the calcium, iron, and minerals I need to be healthy and active. My morning starts with a spinach smoothie that combines raw spinach, almond butter, milk, chocolate protein power, and frozen bananas in a breakfast milkshake. Lunch usually includes a salad lightly dressed with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Dinner might include a size of sautéed Swiss chard or some collards cooked in apple cider vinegar. I always enjoy eating greens more when I grow them. They seem to taste sweeter and less bitter. Now’s the time to plant for an ongoing spring harvest.

Cabbage, carrots, kale, and mustard greens growing in raised beds.

Plant colorful Swiss chard and mustard greens in containers for pots that are as practical as they are pretty.

Installing a Spring Flower Garden
Listen, I just got my flowerbeds cleaned out. Instead of planting lush swaths of annuals in the fall, like a good garden writer, I traveled and became obsessed with running. Luckily it isn’t too late to add some winter and spring color to the garden. My go-to plants for cool season color are snapdragons, alyssum, violas, calendula, and verbena. You can winter sow seeds now, or, for quicker color, grow transplants inside where it’s warm (You need a grow light.) and harden them off before planting outside.

Snapdragons are great early spring plants

The only time to enjoy alyssum in our zones is during late winter and early spring.

Planning for Summer Vegetables
I rediscovered my love for cooking last year and cooking with vegetables was high on my list. I am an avid collector of vegetarian cookbooks—even in this age of the internet. You can always add meat! I found myself often buying mini peppers for snacking, cooking, and to add color for salads. I’m quite excited to try growing Burpee’s new “Yummy Hybrid” collection this summer.I won’t ever give up the quest for the perfect tomato for my garden, either. Oh Happy Day, a brand new slicer, looks like it might fit the bill. Highly disease resistant, this big indeterminate type should fare well in our rough climate.

Mini peppers are perfect for snacking and cooking

I’ve hardly met a tomato I didn’t like. I’m sure Oh Happy Day will find a permanent place in my garden.