Organic home gardener’s to-do list for months of February – March
A smart gardener needs to be well informed about what to plan, plant, prune, and maintain. We, humans naturally relate to plants, so there is nothing much to do about. Just show them lots of care, and you will get same in return.
February Gardener :
Planning is key to good garden landscaping. February is a time when winter comes to an end, a perfect time for spring garden and soil preparation. Mulching reduces weeding and soil moisture. Add mulch to garden beds as this will help to conserve moisture during summer months. Start collecting natural mulch like twigs, and leaves.
Plant vegetables like apple gourd, watermelon, onion, carrot, turnips, radish, and spinach. Certain vegetables like chillies, peppers, tomato and mint grow well in pots too. Grow them in 14” to 18” deep pots or planter boxes. Like flowers? Jasmines and white & orange hibiscus grow well in pots. Carnations are best flowers for February, as the climate becomes a little warm during this month.
Prune & Maintain
Prune winter flowering shrubs after their colourful blooms have stopped. Vines like ivy can be cut back to keep the roof tiles, and windows clear. Compost heap will help to save money on organic fertilizer. Make a circle with chicken wire, and compost egg shells, rotten fruits and vegetable clippings. Takes 3 to 6 months to mature, and smells earthy when ready.
March Gardener :
Are you a time-pressed gardener? Then, perennials like chives and scallions which come up year after year on their own is a good choice. Group plants based on their needs, amount of water, sunlight and nutrients. Makes it easier to care for them. Choose shady spots for plants with cool hues like blue, and lavender as direct sunlight will tend to wash out their colour.
Plant vegetables like bitter-gourd, french beans, amaranths, tomato and chilli. Choose flowering plants like marigold, rose and bougainvillaea. Want roses in your garden? Get right soil, and plant roses during this month. Make sure to water frequently, and see they get adequate sunlight.
Prune & Maintain
Trim dead branches from shrubs, trees and roses. Fertilize lawn at the end of the month. Dig compost into the soil near new plants and around established shrubs and trees. Cucumbers & beans should be sown directly into the soil, and not transplanted. Go or ornamental grasses. They add colour and texture and last longer than most plants.
Remember it’s your garden, and if you are happy with it, you have achieved your goal.
Do you think your garden looks like a jar of jumbled jelly beans – wild and colourful? Go for a monochromatic garden. Choose any one colour and choose plants and flowers with different shades of the same colour. Will give your garden a harmonious visual appeal.