If you've been in San Antonio for a while, you know that February is the start of spring! In fact, some years, the Moutain Laurels are already blooming and covered in bees, and we've even seen some bluebonnets popping up - and they're not usually here until April! Even though this February has been a little on the rainy side, there's plenty to do to prepare your garden for spring!
If winter had been colder, this would have been a good time to replant any seeds that died during freezes, but our winter has been especially warm. We may still see some cold snaps ahead, so don't let the sunshine trick you into planting warm season vegetables.
Instead, use this month to clean up your plant beds to prepare them for spring planting. It's also a good idea to spread some compost and mix it in to help with planting next month. You can also trim your roses back by a third and fertilize them. In case freezes are ahead, water plants that need extra water deeply - they'll be less likely to suffer damage. But be careful not to overwater as all plants need less water in cool weather.
Time to Plant:
Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Seed Potatoes, Shallot Bulbs, Spinach.
Fruit: Blackberries, Grapes, Pears, Persimmon, Pomegranates, Strawberries.
Herbs: Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Fennel, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
Annuals: Delphinium, Dianthus, English Daisy, Larkspur, Petunias, Poppies, Snapdragons