Heirloom Potager Garden Journal | Orange County, CA February Planting Guide

Orange County February Planting Guide

February 2

Let’s Grow in Southern California

Our days and nights are officially cool, but daytime temperatures are just warm enough to keep gardens growing, albeit slower than warm season growth. This is the last time for succession planting of cool season crops – plant varieties with short growing seasons (60-75 days).

With spring only a month away, it’s time to start finalize your spring and summer garden, start sowing summer seeds, and amend garden soil. Check out our suggested flower companion planting guide this month. Heirloom Potager will be installing some new gardens for residential clients and starting some commercial design projects. Check out the Orange County CA February planting guide.

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Planning a Winter + Spring Garden with Cool + Warm Season Plants

Orange County, CA February Planting List
Orange County, CA February Herb Planting List
Orange County, CA February Flower Planting List

Here are a some great options for your February planting list:

Artichoke*, Bare-root Berries, Beets, Bok Choy*, Carrots, Celery, Daikon, Endive*, Kale*, Lettuces*, Mustard Greens*, Onions (short- and medium-day), Parsnips, Potatoes, Radicchio*, Radish, Scallions, Snow Peas, Spinach*, Sugar Peas, Swiss Chard*, Turnips

Herbs*: Arugula,  Bronze Fennel, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Lavender, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Seasoning Celery, Summer Savory, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme, Violas, Watercress

*Transplant Seedlings

Unique Heirloom Varieties to Plant this Season

Roquette Arugula: Frilly + spikey bright green lettuce green | Seeds from sandiegoseedco.com

Roquette Arugula

from San Diego Seed Company

Long Scarlet Cincinnati Radish: red carrot-like radish with green tops | Seeds from marysheirloomseeds.com

Long Scarlet Cincinnati Radish

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Nantes Starica Carrots

from Renee’s Garden

Illustration of English Thyme with a few pink blossoms | Seeds from botanicalinterests.com

English Thyme

from Botanical Interests

Practice Companion Planting for Your Fall Garden

Royal Carpet Alyssum: tiny flowers in shades of purple | Seeds from sandiegoseedco.com

Royal Carpet Alyssum

from San Diego Seed Company

Blossoming White Borage Stalk | Seeds from kitchengardenseeds.com

White Borage

from Kitchen Garden Seeds

Sensation Cosmos Mix

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Paradiso Dwarf Blend Echinacea

from Botanical Interests

Here are a some great companion plants for your February planting list:

Alyssum*, Borage, Cosmos*, Echinacea*, Marigolds*, Nasturtium, Poppy, Zinnias

*Transplant Seedlings

Companion planting is a very old-world, organic gardening method rooted in creating a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown int he same space. As a result of inter-planting, you’ll create a more habitable environment for plants, improve soil health, and reduce the resources needed to grow sustainable amounts of produce.

Consider inter-planting some herbs with your fruits and vegetables this year to attract more pollinators and help keep pesky bugs at bay.

With a long and tenured history, the practice of companion planning was primarily practiced by home gardeners who weren’t driven solely by efficient outputs. However, as the impact of climate change grows and concerns over the use of pesticides for health increase, more and more gardeners (both home and commercial) are starting to implement the practice of companion planting.

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