Get your garden planning started! In some warmer locations, you can begin sowing your vegetable seeds outdoors. For cooler areas, February is a great time to sow your tomatoes and peppers. You should start drawing out your garden for all the vegetables you want to grow. In late February, there are several cool weather vegetables you can directly sow out in the garden.
Listed below are flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are great to start planting in February based on the Hardiness Zone that you live in. It’s still too early for many Northern states to start their transplants indoors, but most of the warmer Southern states are ready to get going!
Broccoli (Zones 7-10):
If you live in Zones 7-10, and can find a quick growing Broccoli variety, you can harvest until it bolts in the hot summer sun!
Learn More: How to Grow Broccoli
Suggested varieties: De Cicco
Herbs (Zones 3-10):
Herbs are definitely the most popular indoor plant to grow throughout the winter months in any Zone. Plant heat loving herbs like basil, oregano, thyme and sage. Also check out the Urban Farmer Herb Kit
Learn More: How to Grow Herbs
Suggested varieties: Italian Basil, Greek Oregano, French Thyme, Broadleaf Sage
Lettuce (Zones 7-10):
In Zones 7-10, start a crop of salad mix greens that gets bright sun, but not all day. Great for spring crops until the lettuce begins to bolt in the summer sun!
Learn More: How to Grow Lettuce
Suggested Varieties: Buttercrunch, Mesclun Mix, Black Seeded Simpson
Onions (Zones 7-10):
Get those onion seeds growing! Zones 7-10 should plant long day onions, and Zones 3-6 should plant short day onions. Be careful to select an onion variety appropriate for your climate!
Learn More: How to Grow Onions
Suggest varieties: Sweet White Walla Walla, Red Creole, Yellow Spanish, Candy Hybrid
Peppers (Zones 7-10):
Fresh, crisp peppers are a garden favorite. Peppers take up little space and can produce high yields when planted close together. Plant as many different varieties as possible! They come small, big, hot, mild, and an array of different colors. For Zones 7-10, start seeds 8-10 weeks before your last frost date indoors for best results.
Learn More: How to Grow Peppers
Suggested varieties: California Wonder, Early Jalapeno, Sweet Banana, Super Chili
Tomatoes (Zones 7-10):
The most popular garden vegetable! Growing tomatoes is not only fun, but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites! For Zones 7-10 start seeds 6-8 weeks before your last frost date indoors for best results.
Learn More: How to Grow Tomatoes
Suggested varieties: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Siberian, Roma, Heirloom Blend
Annual and Perennial Flowers (Zones 7-10):
Now is a great time to get your spring flowers germinating and ready for spring! There are many different varieties of annuals and perennials with different grow times. Pay attention to grow times so that your flowers are ready to be planted after last frost. Below are some good varieties to start in January if you are in Zone 7-10 for a last frost in March and April!
Annuals: Zinnias, Marigolds, Geraniums
Perennials: Rudbeckias, Daisies, Poppies, Coneflowers
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