You might not think that there is much to do in the cold month of February in your Indiana gardens. Well, that is only partially true. Obviously it is too cold to be out in the actual garden beds but there is plenty that can be done inside to prepare for planting once the weather warms up. Now is the optimum time to be sowing seeds indoors for many plants both floral and vegetable. So, let’s look at the jobs that a gardener can work on during February.
Get your potting soil ready and collect as many containers as you can from around the house and start sowing those seeds so that you will have plants that will transplant nicely when the time is right. About the first of February you should be planting seeds for:
- wax begonias
Around the middle of February it is time to sow seeds for:
- love-in-a-mist (Nigella)
You can start some of your vegetable plants this month as well. I suggest that you get a few Seed Starter trays to work with. I like the ones that have several small little indentations that I can keep like seeds together. The biggest thing to remember for sowing seeds indoors during the winter is to provide enough light for the seeds to germinate. You plants will get too tall and leggy without the proper light and will have a hard time growing to a proper enough plant to then set outside.
There are plenty of perennials that can be started from seeds this month to give you a good head start for your flower beds when the threat of frost is gone. Some goods ones to consider starting now are:
- Shasta daisy
- blue star
Bleeding hearts, Delphinium and phlox can be grown, also but you need to cold treat the seeds before trying to germinate them. Don’t know how to cold treat? It is easier than you think. Here is a video that explains the process. She is talking about a different type of flower but the same method is used to cold treat any of your seeds.
I can’t stress enough the importance of good lighting for your germinating your seeds! That is the most important part of growing your plants indoors in February so that they will be nice viable plants for transplanting into the ground later. Invest a little time and money in some good lighting and you won’t regret it. This will take a small amount of an investment but you will have it to use for years to come and the lighting will quickly pay for itself in the money you save in not having to buy plants from the local nursery in one season.