Foolish February

February is the month that tricks you into thinking spring has arrived when warmer temperatures and sunny days bewitch you. Do not do it. Severe frost is still inevitable here in Idaho. If you are not sure, check with your local extension office or online at for a seed planting schedule. Just enter your zip code and it will let you know when to start seedlings indoors or outdoors and when to transplant outside.

Here are a few things that you can do:

~ Butterfly bushes and Hydrangeas, pretty much anything that blooms on new wood, can be cut down to six inches.
~ Fruit trees can be pruned.
~ This is a great time to move any trees or roses as they are dormant, thereby eliminating transplant shock.
~ Any perennials you left standing through the winter for food and cover for birds, can be cut back now.

Start these seeds indoors the last week of February:  Broccoli, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, leeks, peppers, and certain onions.

What seeds will you be starting this month?

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius. -Pietro Aretino


2 thoughts on “Foolish February

  1. Interesting. Idaho is way north of us (north central Indiana) and February is too early for me to start broccoli, cauliflower or eggplant unless I want to move them into gallon containers before they go into the potager. I do start onions, celery and peppers in Feb. One year I got in a hurry to start broccoli and set it out when plants were 6-7″ tall….they never headed because we had a freeze and even though they were covered. Don’t you get freezes in March?


    1. Yes, we still get freezes in March. We are zone 7b (in the banana belt of Idaho) but I use cloches to keep them safe until april. I also can get out the mini- poly tunnel and use a warming lamp if need be. Great question.
      What zone are you in?


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