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Seasonal Advice for February: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

Heart of snow made for me by my 18 year old son Michael.

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Ah February, the month of love, flowers, and chocolate. Don't forget to show your sweetheart some attention this month.

On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill.

—Christina G. Rossetti


February comes from the Latin word februa, which means "to cleanse." The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement.

Sunday, February 12 is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. The 16th president of the United States was born in a one-room, 16x18-foot, log cabin with a dirt floor.

On the 14th is Valentine's Day. Although a Christian bishop named Valentine was martyred on February 14 in A.D. 271, there is nothing in this legend to account for the custom of choosing a sweetheart on this day.

This year, George Washington's Birthday (observed) falls on the 16th. Read more about Washington's Birthday.

Recipes for the Season

Ready for the Superbowl? Check our our list of crowd-pleasing game recipes.

For Valentine's Day, try making some Happy-Heart Cookies or a Godiva Hot Chocolate Cake.

For more recipes, use our Recipe Search.


Shop early for seeds from catalogs and garden stores. The early shopper gets the best choice of seed varieties. See our list of Seed and Plant Mail-Order Sources and our tips on ordering seeds.

Start onions from seed now. They'll be ready for setting out in April. Onions from seed are generally firmer and longer lasting than from sets.

Start parsley indoors now. You may think you have successfully wintered over the plant, but it is a biennial and will soon go to seed.

Everyday Advice

In honor of Valentine's Day, check out these pages on tips and advice in the love department:
How to Find Your Perfect Mate
How to Get Lucky the Old-Fashioned Way
The Aphrodisiac That Really Works

Folklore for the Season

  • Married in February's sleety weather, Life you'll tread in tune together.
  • Violent north winds in February herald a fertile year.
  • If February give much snow, A fine summer it doth foreshow.
  • Fogs in February mean frosts in May.
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When is the best time to prune back your rose bushes in Tatum TX?

The best time to prune roses

By Almanac Staff

The best time to prune roses in East Texas depends on the type of rose. For Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, and Grandifloras, the best time is around Valentine's Day or early March.

On pruning do you cut back

By Aunt. Wanda

On pruning do you cut back to ground

need to prune crape myrtles

By wanda h

need to prune crape myrtles and roses and some other when is a good time, i live in north alabama

Crapemyrtles only need

By Almanac Staff

Crapemyrtles only need limited pruning and this is best done in late winter to promote lush new growth in the spring. In February, prune hybrid tea roses in South Alabama; delay pruning for a few weeks in North Alabama.

I plan to build a new house

By Ryna Montanez

I plan to build a new house this coming march,can you help me what is better date I start? Hoping for your help..more power in this site..thanks

If you're speaking about the

By Almanac Staff

If you're speaking about the "Best Days by the Moon," see our timetable here: Look for best days to pour concrete or set posts.

Practically speaking, most builders prefer late summer to fall because it avoids rainy season and they prefer cool to heat. However, those dates may also be busy and more expensive. It depends on your market. Hope this helps.

Best days to prune fruit

By Sandra Cup

Best days to prune fruit trees

The best days to prune fruit

By Almanac Staff

The best days to prune fruit trees is when the leaves are off (and the tree is dormant). Summer pruning removes leaves (food manufacturer), slows fruit ripening, and
exposes fruit to sunburn.

For our Best Days to Prune, based on the Moon's sign, see our timetable here:

I would really like to get

By Aunt Wanda

I would really like to get into all about doing things with the sun & moon, but have no idea exactely where to begin, I love to read the almanac but dont quite understand how to use it.

the monthly best time for

By Brin

the monthly best time for cutting hair for growth.

You can see the best days for

By Almanac Staff

You can see the best days for cutting hair for growth here for free:

when are the best days to cut

By rosemjohnsonn

when are the best days to cut your hair for growth in Nov 2013?

What sign for destroying

By deereemp

What sign for destroying weeds?

You can see the dates for

By Catherine Boeckmann

You can see the dates for destroying weeds here:

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