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Topic by MsDebbieP posted 01-29-2009 04:00 PM 3486 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

01-29-2009 04:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tips february

What gardening activities do you do in the month of February?

 

See all Monthly Tasks here

 

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-27-2009 12:07 PM

1. sorting seeds and making plans for seed starting dates

I must have been away the day the GT News was sent out (I can pretend anyway)... and I forgot to stop by and update the topics. My apologies to everyone.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3755 days
hardiness zone 9

02-27-2009 12:17 PM

Last year was my first attempt at starting seeds indoors … and I was not too successful. Needed more light and should have started earlier. Soooooooo …

1. Making sure I have everything I need to begin my seeds indoors … along with “equipment” such as extra lighting, seed containers, etc.
2. Gathering my seed envelopes together to go through them again, and decide what I am going to start indoors and then later, outdoors.
3. Research various start dates for the seeds … and this is the part I am quite nervous about.
4. Try not to be nervous as I plan all this … LOL!!!! Think positive …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 3648 days
hardiness zone 6b

02-27-2009 12:29 PM

Yard cleanup is first on my list… Beds with leaves all over them need cleaned off.. Planning out the veg garden plot. Tending to the grape vines and getting them strung back up and trimmed.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Bunting

822 posts in 3601 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-27-2009 12:45 PM

I clicked on tips for Feb in blue print but can’t find your tips Debbie

Where am I going wrong? I looked in projects but don’t think that is it

-- NS Zone 5B 200 KM East of Halifax cheers Bunting------Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family.

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mario1360

921 posts in 3292 days
hardiness zone 5a

02-27-2009 05:35 PM

in cry a lot when we get snow!!!!!!!!!i also read up a lot on gardening, i spend a fortune on books and magasines….i dream a lot….

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-27-2009 05:38 PM

the blue links at the top?? they are just tag words.

we’re just gathering gardening “to do” items for the month of February.

GramT: a calendar is your best friend. You know when your last frost date is or when most people plant their gardens and the packet tells you when to start the seeds. So grab the calendar go backwards from the frost date, the number of weeks, and voila. Start planting those seeds. :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

02-27-2009 10:05 PM

OHHHHHHH, thanks … :-) That made is simple …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-28-2009 04:44 AM

yup.. simple!
the hard part is actually waiting for that date lol.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

7374 posts in 3657 days
hardiness zone 5a

02-28-2009 08:30 AM

Tomorrow is March 1st…...finally yahoo.Not long now before I can start my seeds.Got the grow lights working yesterday to make sure I didn’t need new bulbs.Tested the the timer and it still works great.Got my seed books out for the starting times and going through soooo many containers and packets of seeds trying to decide where I want to grow each one. Oh well it keeps me out of trouble (lol).
And now we wait and wait and wait a little bit more.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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StarrsWife

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hardiness zone 7

02-18-2010 03:22 AM

Since I have only one south facing window and cannot afford much in the way of lighting, I am continuing with my fish tank germination, lol and rotating my little pots throughout the day to the different areas that are getting good light. I am now gathering what I DO have and attempting to set up a little grow area that I can McGuyver a light or two for my tomato and pepper seedlings that need it. I am also trying to learn as much as I can about the needs of the various plant that I am wanting to grow this year, and deciding on locations for each. I am exploring companion planting, gathering seeds, purchasing things in small quantities as my budget allows, like a bag of mulch or soil here and there, so that when I need 5 bags lol I will have it…last year money or lack thereof ruined my chances, since I had NOTHING to use for mulch :( I am also attempting to figure out the dimensions my gardens need to be for what I want to put in them, which is not very easy…..

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3506 days
hardiness zone 5a

02-18-2010 07:27 AM

Starswife, it sounds like you are beginning to get a realistic view of what a gardener has to go through, especially if you are just starting up on a limited income. Gardening is a great way to extend your food $, but only if you have the garden and equipment you need to do it. That takes planning and some money. As you go along, it will get easier. Once you have the garden prepared, a garden fork and hoe, paired with lots of elbow grease and patience will take you a long way in your experience. Don’t give up. Every little thing you do will take you closer to your goal.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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