It’s February already, and we here in Central Texas are well into our cool season in the garden. That’s right—no cold season for us. Just this “spring-ish” time until the Texas frost-free zone returns around mid-March. Enjoy this month in getting the garden cleaned up, add some compost, and get growing!
WHAT TO GROW IN AUSTIN TEXAS IN FEBRUARY
Artichoke Crowns, Asian Greens, Asparagus Crowns, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion Bulbs, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabaga, Shallots, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Turnips
Herbs and Flowers
Calendula, Chives, Cilantro, Dianthus, Dill, Echinacea, English Daisy, Fennel, Lavender, Nasturtium, Pansy, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Snap Dragon, Sweet Peas (not edible but gorgeous!),Thyme, Viola
Want a Planting Guide for the Year?
Our Central Texas Monthly Planting Guide can help you keep track of Texas growing seasons and plan ahead to maximize your success in the garden. Each month includes planting times every two weeks and will help guide you whether to start by seed or plant seedlings you have grown yourself or purchased from your local nursery. Having this guide at your fingertips will help you each year as you are learning and growing in Central Texas.
Central Texas Monthly Planting Guide
Take all the guesswork out of your seasonal planting.
As you plan your February garden, don’t forget to note each plant’s days to maturity. Which veggies are quickly harvested (i.e., radishes) and which will be long-time residents (i.e., potatoes or artichokes)? Some of the crops you plant this month will remain until extreme heat causes them to fizzle out.
Keep an eye on the harvest dates when sketching out your planting plan—that way, you’ll have a good idea what spaces will soon be available for warm season.
Put radishes and lettuces where you plan to grow your tomatoes in just a couple of weeks.
Don’t forget to plant plenty of herbs along the edges and in the corners of your raised beds. For us frugal folks, herbs give the biggest bang for our garden bucks. Plant several of each kind you use often, and you’ll literally save dollars per bundle you harvest and enjoy.
Preparing your garden beds for planting
Before you do your February planting, take some time to prep your soil to improve your results. Mixing in some compost and a little balanced fertilizer (we stick with organic options like MicroLife) works wonders. A good rule of thumb is to never buy a plant without some compost to go with it, and fertilize regularly as they grow, following labels and plant needs.
There you have it—some of the best things to grow in February. We still have some cool season growing to do, and for many gardeners, this is their favorite time of year in the garden. We hope you’re loving this time as much as we are!
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