Garden Calendar February for Balcony, Garden and Terrace: Things To Do

February 2, 2023
  1. How do you care for your lawn in February?
  2. What to do in the ornamental garden in February?
  3. What to do in the vegetable garden in February?
  4. What is there to do in the orchard in February?
  5. What is there to do in the herb garden in February?
  6. What to do on the balcony or terrace in February?
  7. How do you care for your houseplants in February?
  8. Other work in the garden or balcony

The days are getting longer, the desire for gardening increases. As soon as the ground is no longer frozen or soggy, you can prepare your garden and your beds for the approaching spring. You can grow the first vegetables indoors or under glass and plant them outside soon. And with the right flowers you can already conjure up spring in your garden or home.

How do you care for your lawn in February?

If the lawn has problems absorbing rainwater and therefore puddles form, you should poke the soil with a garden fork and aerate it. When to mow the lawn for the first time after winter depends on the height of the grass. However, don't mow until it's a constant 7 to 10 degrees, which probably means the second half of May. If you want to sow a new lawn in the spring, you should loosen the soil well now, clear it of weeds and level it. In March or April, you can then spread the lawn seeds, preferably with a spreader, and lightly rake them into the soil, roll them and water generously.

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What to do in the ornamental garden in February?

February is all about preparing your ornamental garden for spring. Loosen the soil with a rake, provide nutrients to the soil after hibernation, remove old plant parts, dig planting holes for new ornamental plants after the last frost and enrich the soil with fertilizer. Other important tasks waiting for you: cut ...... trees and shrubs, if you had not yet given them a winter pruning. From March, you can not cut back the woody vegetation to protect the birds.

  • ... trees and shrubs, if you had not yet given them a winter pruning. From March, you can not cut back the woody vegetation to protect the birds.
  • roses on sunny days, as soon as there is no threat of frost, and remove old or diseased shoots. This promotes healthy and dense growth.
  • deciduous shrubs such as hornbeam or broom, but not early flowering shrubs such as snow forsythia or winter jasmine. Summer-flowering shrubs such as hibiscus, hydrangea or summer lilac will produce more flowers if you cut them back now.
  • ... winter flowering shrubs such as snowball, winter jasmine or witch hazel, preferably immediately after flowering.
  • ... ornamental grasses such as blue fescue, lampbush grass or pampas grass before they sprout again.

In addition, at the end of February, you can advance indoors summer flowers such as sweet peas, levkojen, snapdragons, sunflowers or zinnias, preferably on a sunny windowsill.

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As soon as there is no longer an acute danger of frost, you can divide and transplant perennials that will bloom in late summer or fall. If February is mild, you can put bare-root hedge plants, deciduous shrubs, fruit trees as half or high trunks, peonies and roses.

What to do in the vegetable garden in February?

Depending on the climate zone and weather, you can sow the first vegetables in the open ground in February. Among other things, (early) carrots, radishes or radish. Two weeks before sowing, you should prepare all the beds, as soon as the soil is frost-free and relatively dry. Loosen the soil with a rake, remove weeds, fertilize the beds with mature compost or well-stored manure, and loosen the soil surface again just before sowing. For this vegetable is still too cold in the open field, but not in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse:

  • Field beans
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Radish

If it is still too cold outside, you can pre-plant many vegetables indoors and put them outside in a few weeks. Start chili, carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes or spinach in mid-February and artichokes, eggplant, celery, peppers, celery or tomatoes in late February. If you are growing vegetables indoors, cover the trays with plastic wrap to keep the air moist and place the trays on a bright windowsill once the plants have germinated. However, be careful not to get too hot when the sun is shining.

If you planted and tended vegetables during the winter, you can now harvest and enjoy kale, lettuce, leeks, parsnips, Brussels sprouts or root parsley, for example.

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Soon you can not cut branches, because the breeding season of many birds begins

What is there to do in the orchard in February?

March is the beginning of the breeding season for many birds. That is why you should prune your fruit trees before then, if you have not yet given them a winter pruning. But wait until the danger of frost has passed - below minus 5 degrees, there is a risk of frost damage to the cuts. On pome fruit trees such as apple, pear or quince, you should cut back dead or diseased shoots and shoots that are growing inwards or crossing each other. You should thin out stone fruit trees such as apricots, cherries or plums and shrubs. Remove fruit mummies on trees and shrubs that may contain pathogens. If the sun is intense but temperatures are still low, lime all tree trunks or wrap them in jute mats to protect them from frost cracking.

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Dig the planting holes now and enrich the soil with fertilizer such as compost or manure if you want to plant fruit trees such as apple, apricot, pear, cherry, plum, mirabelle or peach in the spring.

What is there to do in the herb garden in February?

It is probably too early for sowing in the open ground. Unless February becomes milder than usual. Then you could sow savory, dill, chervil, parsley or chives already in the open ground, raised bed or cold frame. If not, you can preplant many herbs indoors under glass and plant them as soon as temperatures rise: In addition to savory, dill, chervil, parsley and chives also.

  • lavender,
  • oregano,
  • rosemary,
  • sage,
  • chive,
  • lemongrass
  • and lemon balm.

Three tips for sowing indoors:

  1. Seeds germinate better in high humidity. Cover the elevator trays with foil or sow the seeds in a cold frame for indoors and regularly spray the herbs with water.
  2. Herb seeds need a lot of heat and light. Place them on a sunny windowsill until the first leaves sprout, and then in a cooler, but also bright place.
  3. Water the young plants with lukewarm water and check regularly that the water drains off well. If the moisture accumulates, mold could develop.

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Most kitchen herbs prefer a window facing west or east. Mediterranean herbs such as anise, basil, tarragon, coriander, marjoram, oregano, rosemary or sage prefer a window facing south.

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You can transplant most herbs from April. Cold-sensitive herbs such as basil, marjoram or lemon balm should not be planted outdoors until after the Ice Saints in May.

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What to do on the balcony or terrace in February?

Evergreen potted plants should continue to be watered regularly on frost-free days. Winter-hardy plants such as cyclamen, bellis, horned violets, primroses or pansies should bloom in February for some color on the balcony or patio. If you have grown bulbs of early flowering plants such as hyacinths, crocuses or daffodils over winter, you can plant them in tubs or pots towards the end of February. In preparation for spring, you can advance balcony plants such as canna, busy lilies or petunias in the warmth. Although temperatures are slowly rising, you should regularly check that winter protection is still in place and effectively protects your patio plants from the still possible frost.

How do you care for your houseplants in February?

Slowly but surely, your houseplants are waking up from their winter sleep. After the long rest, it is important that you water and fertilize your plants sufficiently. In addition, you should regularly check all houseplants and plants or bulbs overwintering indoors for pests such as spider mites or mealybugs, which thrive in dry air. If you can't or don't want to wait until spring starts, you can shorten the waiting time with early blooming hyacinths, crocuses, daffodils, checkerboard flowers or snowdrops.

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Now your houseplants need plenty of light and humidity. Place all plants, including ferns, near windows, humidify the air in the room with a humidifier or water dishes near heaters and spray your houseplants regularly.

Other work in the garden or balcony

Two more months until spring. Use the time and prepare now your garden, balcony or terrace: Treat wooden garden furniture with a glaze, protect the wooden fence with a coat of paint, sharpen or replace the lawn mower blade, install a rain barrel as an economical water collection system, or tie down and secure climbing plants. If you are toying with the idea of adding a garden pond, now would be the best time to do it. In March and April, the pond still has enough time to establish a biological balance in the growing season.

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