Orange County February Planting Guide
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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
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
Unique Heirloom Varieties to Plant this Season
Practice Companion Planting for Your Fall Garden
Here are a some great companion plants for your February planting list:
Alyssum*, Borage, Cosmos*, Echinacea*, Marigolds*, Nasturtium, Poppy, Zinnias
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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