February 2023 Homestead Update

Happy February and Blessed Imbolc! This time of year we prepare to welcome back the warmth and start our journey into growing season. 

January was a bit of a rough month on the homestead. My husband and I were recovering from oral surgery (he still has one more round to go later this month), and my MS was exceptionally rough. Though during my recovery, I had lots of time to dream those spring fever dreams of seedlings and garden plans.

Happy February and Blessed Imbolc

We have a lot going on in February. Winter is still trying to keep her firm grasp on everything. But we know it is the time of year when we plan for the world to wake up and grow again. A few of my plant babies have already been started, including my kale and the first round of leeks. This is my first-time growing leeks, so hopefully, they will grow well. Unfortunately, I often don’t have a lot of luck with the allium family, but we shall see.

This week we will start the first round of our seedlings, including tomatoes, peppers, and many others. Over the coming weeks, others will be started, too, like our cucumbers and squashes. But each week will start a few more to help with our succession planting. This year we plan on growing a lot to try to fill our pantry and freezer as much as possible to cut our grocery bill down. So, in addition to producing much of our food, we also will be growing the veggies we put in our dog’s food. See that recipe here!

February Seedlings

If you want some inspiration, I will include or list what we are growing below! 

February is also the time of year when I start my organization and spring cleaning. My MS makes it hard to do large projects, so I break them up into small bitesize daily tasks until it is all done. Some of my list is things only my son or husband can do, but the rest I tackle.

Most of my spring cleaning is cleaning the backyard from winter and prepping the garden for growing in a few weeks. This includes cleaning the garden beds and adding compost, fresh soil, and mulch. It also means cleaning up the additional fallen leaves and debris for the compost. I also like to take a good inventory of my pots and planters to ensure they didn’t suffer any cracks during the stormy months. Then, in a few weeks, when it warms up a bit more, we will break out the lawn mower and make sure everything is serviced and ready for those first spring cuts.

What we are planning on growing this year:

  1. Kale
  2. Leeks
  3. Butternut Squash
  4. Eggplant
  5. Heirloom Tomatoes
  6. Marigolds
  7. Sage
  8. Mint
  9. Jalapeno
  10. Ground cherries
  11. Thyme
  12. Basil
  13. Calendula
  14. Carrots
  15. Lemongrass
  16. Cucumbers
  17. Cilantro
  18. Ajvarski Peppers
  19. Cherry tomatoes
  20. Chives
  21. Lettuce
  22. Casper Pumpkins
  23. Red Sunflowers
  24. Violet Sparkle Peppers
  25. Brandywine Tomatoes
  26. Wonderberries
  27. Winter Pumpkins
  28. Lipstick Peppers
  29. Spoon Tomatoes
  30. Honeynut Squash
  31. Nasturtium
  32. Yellow Monster Pepper
  33. Golden Peas
  34. Snow peas
  35. Dragon tongue beans
  36. Black beans
  37. Hatch chili Peppers
  38. Chocolate Sunflower
  39. Lemon balm
  40. Yellow Squash
  41. Borage
  42. Spaghetti Squash
  43. Purple beans
  44. Green beans
  45. Loofahs
  46. Bread and salt tomatoes
  47. Beef steak tomatoes
  48. Orange hat tomatoes
  49. Rosemary
  50. Red Onions
  51. Green onions

What is on your list to grow this year? Tell us below in the comments and happy growing!

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