February in the Vegetable Garden

WOW!  Looks like we might have another winterless year (from about Orlando south anyway)... 4 in a row.

That's good, but it's bad.

Good because we get extra growth, don't have cold damage dieback, soil flora and fauna grow faster building that good rich soil, planting season is extended, more time to enjoy the outdoors in our garden paradises...

Bad because no freeze means no killing off some of the bugs or at least slowing them down, and bad because it gives us a false sense of "Spring is here" so we plant and then get a frost or freeze that destroys our seedlings and transplants.  The fruit trees and bushes get confused and bloom when they shouldn't, and there won't be enough 'chill hours' that some fruits and berries need to produce, ripen and sweeten fruit - including citrus.  The greens don't get that touch of frost/cold to make them sweet...

Regardless of whether we have any winter weather or not, there is a lot of planting to be done ind February.

This list is not carved in stone.  It is only the recommended list of the FL Extension Service -- which means it's general.  Your yard is not identical to their test plots.  Yours may be cooler, warmer, wetter, dryer, higher, lower, more sun, less sun, protected, exposed... and then there are the micro-climates all over the place. 

Experiment.  Chinese cabbage and spinach are not on the list for February, but I want to plant them.  So, I'll find a spot in my yard that's a little bit cooler and has a little less sun than the rest and plant some Chinese cabbage and spinach there.  If it works, GREAT!  If it doesn't, nothing lost.  It's worth the chance.

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Warm Weather Plants

  • Beans - bush, pole, lima
  • Cantaloupes
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Summer Squash
  • Winter Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Cool Weather Plants

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Endive/Escrole
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onion - multiplier, bunching
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radish
  • Turnip

Memorial Day is more important to you as a gardener than you probably know

The men and women who have served in our military, fought to protect our freedom were fighting for your right to garden… a right that is not known world wide and a right that is rapidly being eroded even in our country.

Gardeners I've 'pen-palled' within other countries tell stories of government control of their gardens.  Unbelievable stories… crazy stories… stories that could not possibly happen here.

But… not so fast.

There are many places here in free USA where gardening is regulated or outright prohibited and illegal with hefty fines and punishments

- Can't plant edible plants in your front yard

- Can't plant more than a certain percent of your property in a garden

- Can't plant within a specified number of feet of property lines

- Can't grow plants over a certain height

- Can't have a greenhouse

- Can't water as needed

- Can't collect rainwater

- Can't make compost

Other garden/feed yourself regulations/laws/mandates that federal, state and municipal governments are trying to put in place include: --- This is the short list...

- Mandated registering of your garden

- Mandated registering of seeds

- Illegal to save seeds

- Illegal to give away your produce (only those living in your household can eat your produce)

- Required to give a certain percentage of your produce to the government for distribution to those who are not growing a garden

- Requiring you to grow certain crops and certain amounts to give to the government for distribution

- Requiring you to only grow items on an approved list (which will have no heirloom or open pollinated veggies on it)

- Dictating the size of your garden

- Dictating where your garden will be

- Dictating the soil make up

- Dictating how and with what you will fertilize it

- Requiring gardens to be communal

- Taxing your garden

- ETC.............

A thing called Agenda 21 by the UN (United Nations) is the main force behind all this.  Many - if not most - communities have adopted Agenda 21 already

Those of you dear readers
who have served our country
and to your wives, husbands, children, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters… who also served by association

We remember and honor you this day for your duty and your sacrifice.

Thank you

 

 

Memorial Day is more important to you as a gardener than you probably know

The men and women who have served in our military, fought to protect our freedom were fighting for your right to garden… a right that is not known world wide and a right that is rapidly being eroded even in our country.

Gardeners I've 'pen-palled' with in other countries tell stories of government control of their gardens.  Unbelievable stories… crazy stories… stories that could not possibly have happened here.

But… not so fast.

There are many places here in free USA where gardening is regulated or outright prohibited and illegal with hefty fines and punishments

- Can't plant edible plants in your front yard

- Can't plant more than a certain percent of your property in a garden

- Can't plant within a specified number of feet of property lines

- Can't grow plants over a certain height

- Can't have a greenhouse

- Can't water as needed

- Can't collect rainwater

- Can't make compost

Other garden/feed yourself regulations/laws/mandates that federal, state and municipal governments are trying to put in place include: --- This is the short list...

- Mandated registering of your garden

- Mandated registering of seeds

- Illegal to save seeds

- Illegal to give away your produce (only those living in your household can eat your produce)

- Required to give a certain percentage of your produce to the government for distribution to those who are not growing a garden

- Requiring you to grow certain crops and certain amounts to give to the government for distribution

- Requiring you to only grow items on an approved list (which will have no heirloom or open pollinated veggies on it)

- Dictating the size of your garden

- Dictating where your garden will be

- Dictating the soil make up

- Dictating how and with what you will fertilize it

- Requiring gardens to be communal

- Taxing your garden

- ETC.............

A thing call Agenda 21 by the UN (United Nations) is the main force behind all this.  Many - if not most - communities have adopted Agenda 21 already

Those of you dear readers
who have served our country
and to your wives, husbands, children, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters…
who also served by association

We remember and honor you this day for your duty and your sacrifice.

Thank you

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  • Maintenance you should be doing

  • Garden related chores to tend to

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