Do these things now to get a jumpstart on the Southern Utah growing season

Consider this pre-gardening checklist for February provided by the USU Extension, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of the USU Extension, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Much can be done now to get a jumpstart on the growing season. The below tips, with links from the Utah State University Extension Gardeners Almanac, can help get you going.

  • Consider adding a smaller structure, such as a low tunnel or a larger high tunnel, to extend your growing season.
  • Try your hand at starting vegetables or annual plants indoors from seed to get a jump start on growing.
  • Consider growing herbs and/or microgreens indoors to add fresh greens to your diet.
  • If you are storing bulbs, check their condition to make sure they are still firm. Remove any that are soft or rotten.
  • Prune grapes and fruit trees in late February to early March.
  • Fertilize fruit trees at least six weeks before they bloom.
  • Monitor for deer and rodent damage in the landscape.
  • Avoid fungus gnat infestation in house plants by allowing the soil to dry between watering
  • Specific gardening information can be found on this website. Here you will find fruit, vegetable and herb growing guides, as well as information on soil, lawn, yard, tree, shrub and flower care. In addition are monthly tips, the basics of gardening, information on events, classes and more.
  • Click here to see the USU Extension’s video of February gardening tips.

Written by JAYDEE GUNNELL, Utah State University Extension horticulturist.

Copyright Utah State University, all rights reserved.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!