Do you have a vegetable garden or are you planning to start one? February is an excellent month to start with this. This is the vegetable calendar for February and March to help you on your way.
Starting a vegetable garden
Are you excited to start a veggie garden? Make a big wooden planter to start with. The Dutch Makkelijke Moestuin (Easy Vegetable Garden) method is a great way for starters. They have a website, book and app for beginners and advanced veggie growers. The app offers a lot of information. Even if you have it in you to let a fake plant die, you can still manage to grow veggies with this method.
Preparing the seedbeds
What you can do if you already have a vegetable garden is preparing the seedbeds. If the ground is dry, you can rake it. If there are large chunks of soil, make them smaller en distribute the soil evenly. February is too cold to sow or plant crops. The only thing to plant is the Jerusalem artichoke. This easy vegetable hardly needs any care.
Gardening in your windowsill in February
If you have a greenhouse you can start planting a lot of crops in February: peppers, melon, cucumber, spinach, lettuce, tomato, eggplant, radish, broccoli, onion, leek and beans for example. However, most people who just start with a vegetable garden do not have an heated seedbed or greenhouse. However, you can still start gardening already. Plant the seeds directly into pots and put them in the windowsill. If you use biodegradable peat pots, you can plant them directly in the soil later.
It all really starts in March
The season really starts in March. Fortunately, you have already done the preparations and you can start immediately. It is important that the soil is well fed, but is not heavily manured. If the soil is still too cold you can heat it up quickly by covering the ground with a transparent plastic cover for ten days.
Sow in March
In March you can sow the following crops directly into your vegetable garden: sprouts, spinach, chard, turnips, leeks, peas, carrots, capuchins, spring onion, cress, pods and radishes. Make sure you water the seeds very carefully so that they do not wash away.
Just like in February, you can sow different crops for the windowsill in March as well. You can later put the seedlings in your veggie garden. In March you can do this with leeks, peppers, broccoli, cucumber, chervil, eggplant and various cabbages.