Gardening Tips for February for Columbia, MO

Midwest Region

  • Finish ordering vegetable seeds. Share seed orders with a friend.
  • Look for good locations to plant flowers, and shrubs or to place container flowers in your yard.
  • Continue providing fresh water and food for birds and wildlife.
  • Avoid walking on the lawn during a winter thaw.
  • Order perennial plants and bulbs now.
  • If you are storing any bulbs for summer planting, check them to make sure they are not rotting or damaged. Throw away any bad bulbs.
  • Wash and sterilize seed-starting containers in 1 part bleach to 9 parts water.
  • Grow some herbs in containers, such as fresh parsley.
  • Repot rootbound houseplants.
  • Finalize your garden plans on paper.
  • If you want to give your vegetables an early start, use season-extending devices such as cold frames or hot beds.
  • Begin pruning fruit trees, grapes, and blueberries.
  • Fertilize established fruit trees after the last frost.
  • Apply fertilizer to houseplants as soon as they begin to show signs of growth.