|This is a carrot flower. I planted a few carrots in my flower beds.|
Here in Albuquerque we are recovering from a cold spell and it's almost time to get out into the garden again. Now is a good time to finish cleaning up the garden and start preparing beds for cold hardy crops. February is a good month to finalize your garden plans for the year and place a seed order.
|I enjoy gardening with my children.|
Monthly gardening to do list for Albuquerque. Check the internet for a local calendar you can use to remind you of what you can do in the garden each month. I like to look a month ahead to help me plan out what to do. I need to start writing down weekly jobs so I can stay caught up on the garden work.
|Winter is a good time to set new goals for your summer garden.|
I plan to get out in the garden this week and prepare two beds for planting. I will plant lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots, beets, cabbage, and peas. Now is also a good time to plant sweet peas, onions and asparagus. I enjoy exploring the garden each time I go outside to see if any new plants are coming up.
|Time to plant cabbage!|
I need to take a seed inventory. I picked up a few packets while we were at the store today but I know I need to order some lettuce. I like to order seeds from Baker Creek and Johnny's Selected Seeds. Baker Creek has lots of fun heirlooms to choose from and Johnny's has a great selection of cold hardy crops.
|When do I prune the grapevine again? Time to look that info up.|
It is time to start watering the lawn so it will be nice and green by Easter. I wait until the weather forecast predicts a few days of warmer days and nights and then I water. I planted winter rye last fall but most of that has died off. I use a push mower to keep the grass short and I miss mowing the lawn. The whir of the blades puts me in a meditative mood as I walk behind the mower. I enjoy the time I spend in thought so much that I mow almost every day during the growing season.
So can you even see the ground or is your garden covered in snow? When do you get to start working in the garden again?