February: Perfect Month to Prepare the Garden
Having a vegetable garden means having fresh seasonal vegetables all year round, at km 0, bringing nutritious and healthy food to the table. And with considerable economic savings. It is also true, however, that the garden needs constant care, which does not know rest (even in February). So what to do in your own garden? What to sow? And what to harvest?
Full Training for the Spring Costume Test
The preparation of the soil for the cultivation of the following months certainly finds its ideal time in February. The first thing to do is to cover yourself well and “get your hands dirty” with good spading work, perhaps towards the end of the month, when the milder temperature will soften the soil from the frost. The second step is cleaning: we advise you to clean the soil of stones and weeds and get rid of any pests nested in the ground exposing them to low temperatures. Third step: planning the layout of the ground for future sowing, sketching paths and drainage channels and thinking about the construction of cold tunnels, as well as the laying of sheets useful for the shelter of the first courageous crops.
Who Well Collects
What could you collect in February? This is the month of the cruciferous, cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli, hood and Brussels sprouts, but also of beets, artichokes, fennel, parsley, radicchio, radishes and rocket in the hottest places. There are also aromatic herbs resistant to cold, such as sage, rosemary and thyme.
If we move from harvest to seed, in this period can be sown vegetables from bulb, onion and garlic especially, but also shallots, peas, broad beans, chickpeas, spinach and the first early potatoes. It is also possible to grow the first varieties in tunnels for less cold-resistant varieties such as lettuce, carrots, valerian, parsley, rocket and radishes. Finally, cultivation in seedbeds can be started in anticipation of transplanting in the following months: chilies, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelons, melons, cap, celery and basil among the most recommended choices.
Don’t you have land where you can set up your own garden? Don’t worry, there are also “apartment gardens”, accessible even to those who do not have a green space. If you are taking your first steps in this period we suggest you start with aromatic plants such as parsley, sage and rosemary, but also radishes, lettuce, garlic and onions.
The only and recurring device: protect your creatures from the cold at any cost!