This weather has been great for getting outside! What with the warm weather, and the new space opened up in my front yard, I can't help starting to think about gardening! Believe it or not, there is plenty you can do in February in Calgary.
I've already written about my plans for the patio I need to build in front of the new trellis, and the front yard entry garden I will be planting this year. For more articles on gardening planning from my archives, try:
- How do I get rid of my lawn?
- How to make a large, new perennial garden on a budget.
- Garden planning: front yard garden design.
- My favourite plants for a sunny, low-maintenance front yard garden.
- What can you do in a Calgary zone 3 garden in mid-March?
Seeds and Vegetables
- I've almost finished my seed shopping but it's not too late to start if you haven't yet!
- Stifle the urge to start seeds too early. Look at the package for recommendations regarding how long before the last frost date (May 23, for us Calgarians) to start seeds and calculate backwards. Organize seeds packs according to planting date.
- See my previous posts: vegetable gardening in Calgary 101, and when to plant vegetable seeds in Calgary
- I am trying a few slower-growing plants this year so will be starting iceland poppy 'solar fire', salvia 'marble arch', and bunny tail (lagurus) indoors sometime this month.
- See this post on how to winter sow for an alternative, zero-energy, low-maintenance way to start seeds.
- with the days getting longer, house plants are starting to wake up now. I'll gradually increase watering and start light fertilizing of houseplants next month.
Trees and Shrubs
- Right now is prime pruning time for most deciduous trees and shrubs (but not spring-blooming shrubs such as lilacs!) I plan to get outside this week-end to do a little pruning of overgrown branches here and there.
- I don't get the prune-shrubs-into-a-ball-shape thing.
- Since I keep my shrubs in a natural form, pruning mostly involves cutting back a few older or overgrown branches at ground level and doing some minor re-shaping each year. See this post on thinning and rejuvenating shrubs.
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