Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

February 1 to February 29-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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February is the time when serious seed starting and planning for the new gardening year begins. In zones 5 and 6, snow is still common but that gives you time to check out the new plants on the web site as well as learn about the new pollinator gardens that are being given away when you order plants that can be used to attract pollinators to your garden.


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Learn about the pollination issue

Your garden can help relieve the crisis in the pollinator problem. See how to plant to attract pollinators and how important this is.

Plants for pollinators

Pollinators include insects that fly and crawl so attracting a variety of pollinators to the garden means that you need to grow a wide variety of colorful plants. This does not mean that the garden is boring! Try some of these colorful pollinator plants in your garden.

Start Perennials from seed

We are used to growing annual flowers and vegetables from seed but many perennials can be grown from seed too. They often take a little longer to germinate and grow slowly at first but many get big enough to flower the first season. Try these easy to grow perennials.

Start a veggie garden

You may have noticed that your neighbors are growing some of their own vegetables. Now is a good time to grow some yourself. Small raised beds or containers both produce an abundance of healthy vegetables in spring and summer.

Basic tools for seed starting

Whether you are starting seeds this month or next, you will need some basic supplies. Remember to order them when you order your seeds (or before).

  • Ultimate Growing System, , large

    Ultimate Growing System

  • XL Super Growing Pellets, , large

    XL Super Growing Pellets

  • Greenhouse Kit, , large

    Greenhouse Kit